News & Activities

January 2019:

December 2018:

November 2018:

  • Timo took part and gave a talk in a workshop on fish telemetry in České Budějovice, where there was huge demand for his HMM expertise.

  • In the first half of November, we had two research visitors, Larissa Beumer from the University of Aarhus (working with Jenny on modelling muskox movement) and Antonello Maruotti from LUMSA University in Rome (an HMM expert).

October 2018:

September 2018:

  • In a new preprint, we investigate whether highly-skilled individuals really do choke under pressure (and apparently they don't – at least not in darts!).

  • Roland took part in another workshop this month, this time organised by the Movement Ecology Special Interest Group within the British Ecological Society.

  • We gave a four-day workshop on HMMs at Bielefeld University, introducing the general HMM machinery but also helping the participants to analyse their own movement data, e.g. on bumblebees, whale sharks, deer & marbled murrelets.

August 2018:

July 2018:

  • Vianey gave an invited talk at the Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver.

  • Timo, Jenny, Marius and Matthias attended IWSM 2018, with the former three giving talks (Matthias had a poster). And the Bielefeld stats team brought home another prize: Jenny won the best student paper award!

  • Jenny gave an invited talk at the 50th Workshop on Statistical Computing at Schloss Reisensburg.

  • Marius co-authored a paper investigating the drivers of betting volumes in the English Premier League, which will appear in the Journal of Sports Economics.

  • Vianey, Timo, Jenny, Sina and Roland attended ISEC 2018, with all but Roland giving talks. We had a great time, and Timo even won a best student presentation award!

June 2018:

May 2018:

March 2018:

  • We are advertising a PhD position.

  • In a new arXiv preprint, we reveal a clear but short-lived hot hand effect in professional darts.

  • Vianey Leos Barajas has joined our group. She'll be involved in the activities of the new collaborative research centre ("Sonderforschungsbereich") SFB-TRR 212. Welcome Vianey!

January 2018:

  • Odile gave a talk in the BiCDaS lecture series.

  • A review paper on spline-based nonparametric inference in general state-switching models, co-authored by Roland, Timo and MSc student Sina, was accepted at Statistica Neerlandica.

  • Odile visited the DIW in Berlin with PhD student Kim Zolitschka to analyse spatial structures in health outcomes of SOEP data using geo-locations of participants (as part of DFG projekt "From urban neighbourhood heterogeneities to health inequalities: social, mechanisms, environmental exposures and their interaction").

  • Roland gave a talk in the FSPM2 colloquium at Bielefeld University.

  • In the first year after the re-launch of the StatBeCe in early 2017, 23 researchers or researcher teams — 4 external, 19 from Bielefeld University — contacted us for statistic consulting or collaboration. The head of the StatBeCe, Odile Sauzet, also gave a web-seminar for a graduate school.


New paper

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

New Paper

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

New member of the group

Sina Mews has joined the group as a PhD student.

New paper

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

New paper

Paper accepted at Statistica Neerlandica on nonparametric inference in HMM-type models.

New paper

Paper accepted at Applied Economics on betting market inefficiencies in German football.


Roland is a PI within a new "Sonderforschungsbereich".

Karl Peter Grotemeyer Prize

Roland Langrock will be awarded the Karl Peter Grotemeyer Prize.