Welcome to the web pages of the Statistics and Data Analysis group. Since October 2015, Roland Langrock is the head of the group, succeeding Göran Kauermann who is now at LMU Munich.

We teach courses on statistical methodology to students of economics and the statistical sciences, always trying to convey our enthusiasm for statistics & data analysis. In our classes, we endeavour to bring statistics to life using real-life examples, putting a lot of emphasis on how to extract useful information out of real data and how to interpret and communicate the results of statistical analyses.

Our research focuses on the development and application of statistical methods primarily in the areas of time series and nonparametric statistics, and is characterized by a strong focus on practical issues – for example, instead of asking how to improve the theoretical properties of some estimator that may not be useful at all in practice, we are usually more interested in developing practical tools that are readily accessible to quantitative researchers from a wide range of fields.


The best thing about being a statistician is that
you get to play in everyone's backyard.

(John Tukey)

I keep saying that the sexy job in the next 10 years will be statisticians.

(Hal Varian)



New paper

Paper accepted at Methods in Ecology and Evolution on modelling animal accelerometer data using HMMs.

Karl Peter Grotemeyer Prize

Roland Langrock will be awarded the Karl Peter Grotemeyer Prize.

Book on HMMs

Roland Langrock published a book on HMMs.


New member of the group

Timo Adam has joined the group as a PhD student.

New member of the group

Odile Sauzet is now in charge of the statistical consulting unit (StatBeCe).

New paper

Paper accepted at Methods in Ecology and Evolution on our R package for analyzing movement data using HMMs.

New member of the group

Jennifer Pohle has joined the group as a PhD student.

Workshop on HMMs

Roland Langrock gave a three-day workshop on hidden Markov models in Mossel Bay, South Africa.

Talk at Lancaster University

Roland Langrock gave a stats seminar at Lancaster University.

Associate Editor for JABES

Roland Langrock is now an Associate Editor for the Journal of Agricultural, Biological and Environmental Statistics.

New paper

Paper accepted at Statistics and Computing on "Markov-switching generalized additive models".

Speaker of the ZeSt

Roland Langrock is now the speaker of the Centre for Statistics (Zentrum für Statistik, ZeSt) at Bielefeld University.