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Corpus Linguistics Summer School 2019

I am pleased to announce that I will teach a course on exploratory statistics for corpus linguistics at the Corpus Linguistics Summer School. The summer school will take place at the University of Birmingham...

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Simple linear regression for linguists

A regression towards mediocrity Originally, the term regression means “going back”. It gained currency when Sir Francis Galton related the heights of children to the average height of their parents. Galton (1886) found that...

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Word embeddings: the (very) basics

This post is the first of a series on word embeddings, i.e. vector representations of words in a vector space. Word embeddings have been known to linguists for quite some time. Recently, artificial neural networks have...

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how ‘koo’ is rtweet?

This semester, I teach corpus-based sociolinguistics to third-year students. One challenge is to compile corpora that are suitable for the study of variation in language, especially when variation is correlated with geographic origin. Another...