Learning Bayesian Statistics

We all know about these accidental discoveries — penicillin, the heating power of microwaves, or the famous (and delicious) tarte tatin. I don’t know why, but I just love serendipity. And, as you’ll hear, this episode is deliciously full of it…

Thanks to Allison Hilger and Timo Roettger, we’ll discover the world of linguistics, how Bayesian stats are helpful there, and how Paul Bürkner’s BRMS package has been instrumental in this field. To my surprise — and perhaps yours — the speech and language sciences are pretty quantitative and computational!

As she recently discovered Bayesian stats, Allison will also tell us about the challenges she’s faced from advisors and reviewers during her PhD at Northwestern University, and the advice she’d have for people in the same situation.

Allison is now an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. The overall goal in her research is to improve our understanding of motor speech control processes, in order to inform effective speech therapy treatments for improved speech naturalness and intelligibility. Allison also worked clinically as a speech-language pathologist in Chicago for a year. As a new Colorado resident, her new hobbies include hiking, skiing, and biking — and then reading or going to dog parks when she’s to tired.

Holding a PhD in linguistics from the University of Cologne, Germany, Timo is an Associate Professor for linguistics at the University of Oslo, Norway. Timo tries to understand how people communicate their intentions using speech – how are speech signals retrieved; how do people learn and generalize? Timo is also committed to improving methodologies across the language sciences in light of the replication crisis, with a strong emphasis on open science.

Most importantly, Timo loves hiking, watching movies or, even better, watching people play video games!

Our theme music is « Good Bayesian », by Baba Brinkman (feat MC Lars and Mega Ran). Check out his awesome work at https://bababrinkman.com/ !

Thank you to my Patrons for making this episode possible!

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