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, statistical science, and data science, always trying to convey our enthusiasm for statistics and data analysis. In our classes, we endeavour to teach statistical thinking (rather than mathematical tools only), e.g. when it comes to

  • collect data that allow to address a question at hand
  • thoroughly explore given data to uncover any relevant patterns
  • build suitable statistical models given the data and problem at hand
  • interpret and communicate the results of statistical analyses
  • always critically reflect on the data and methods considered

Hidden Markov and related time series models are a strong focus of our research, but we're active in many other areas as well, including nonparametric methods, economics and finance, epidemiology and public health, ecology, and sports analytics. For more details, please check out our individual team members' web pages.


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

(John Tukey)



New paper (on demand forecasting)

Paper accepted at EJOR on demand forecasting in retailing.

New paper (on the hot hand)

Paper accepted at JRSS-A on the hot hand in darts.

New paper (on HMMs)

Paper accepted at METRON on flexible estimation on HMMs for count data.

New paper (on (H)HMMs)

Paper accepted at Methods in Ecology and Evolution on hierarchical HMMs for multi-scale behavioural data.

New paper (on seals)

Paper accepted at Scientific Reports on interactions between grey seals and fishing vessels.

New paper (on match fixing)

Paper accepted at Statistical Modelling on match-fixing warning systems in football.

New paper (on sports betting)

Paper accepted at the Journal of Sports Economics on the drivers of betting volumes in the English Premier League.

New paper (on sharks)

Paper accepted at Movement Ecology on foraging strategies of reef sharks.

Karl Peter Grotemeyer Prize

Roland will be awarded the Karl Peter Grotemeyer Prize.