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Randomization tests in language typology


Janssen, Dirk; Bickel, Balthasar; Zúñiga, Fernando (2006). Randomization tests in language typology. Linguistic Typology, 10(3):419-440.

Abstract

Two of the major assumptions that common statistical tests make about random sampling and distribution of the data are not tenable for most typological data. We suggest to use randomization tests, which avoid these assumptions. Randomization is applicable to frequency data, rank data, scalar measurements, and ratings, so most typological data can be analyzed with the same tools. We provided a free computer program, which also includes routines that help determine the degree to which a statistical conclusion is reliable or dependent on a few languages in the sample.

Abstract

Two of the major assumptions that common statistical tests make about random sampling and distribution of the data are not tenable for most typological data. We suggest to use randomization tests, which avoid these assumptions. Randomization is applicable to frequency data, rank data, scalar measurements, and ratings, so most typological data can be analyzed with the same tools. We provided a free computer program, which also includes routines that help determine the degree to which a statistical conclusion is reliable or dependent on a few languages in the sample.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2006
Deposited On:15 Mar 2013 15:34
Last Modified:27 Apr 2016 09:17
Publisher:Walter de Gruyter
ISSN:1430-0532
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1515/LINGTY.2006.013

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