Statistic consultation service


Welcome to the statistic consultation service of the PhD Program in Linguistics!

Who can use our statistical consulting service?

  • The statistical consulting service is open to all doctoral students of the PhD Program in Linguistics (DPL).
  • In case the consultants have free capacities the service is also open to supervisors (from among the organizing board DPL)and postdocs or MA students working with board members (→ waiting list).


  • Before the first appointment you have to send a request to
    sascha.voellmin AT
  • The request must contain:
    • Short description of your thesis and research question
    • Short and precise description of the statistical problem
    • Type of request (e.g. study design; sample size planning; analysis strategies; interpretation of data; software problems; etc.)
  • A consultant will contact you via e-mail in order to schedule an appointment for an initial consultation. There may be a waiting period of several days or more during times when we receive many requests.

Please note

  • The consultants have experience in a wide range of statistical topics. However, it is not possible for them to know every single detail of every statistical method.
    The time for the initial consultation is limited to 30-60 minutes for reasons of capacity. It is therefore important that you are well-prepared for the initial consultation so that you can describe your question with regard to content and methodology in a concise but clear manner.
  • The consultants will try to answer your question immediately, but often this is not possible. If further information is required from you or from the consultant, another consultation (via e-mail or in person) will be scheduled for a later time.
  • Our statistical consultation service includes verbal answers to methodological questions and, if required, help in getting started with statistical software (in particular R). Our consultants do not perform data analyses on your behalf!
  • Please be aware that the consultants will not be able to provide solutions to every single problem and that, in particular, you do not have the right to insist that your problem will be solved by a particular deadline. This is due to waiting times as well as the fact that it is not possible to estimate in advance how much time the statistical consulting will take. We therefore recommend that you make an appointment for consultation as early as possible!
  • If, as a result of the content or the extent of the advice provided, a consultant has substantially contributed to the conception or the completion of a publication or a grant proposal, it is customary to list him/her as co-author. In this case, the consultant must be given the opportunity to cross-read the draft before it is submitted.


  • Radu Tănase, M.Sc.