Rutgers-stimulated thoughts/tools

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I just came back from a wonderful visit at Rutgers (RuCCS to be precise). I had a lot of interesting conversations, some of which directly or indirectly brought up some tools that I wanted to mention here.

  • So, first I was treated to a great presentation of OT Workplace (by Alan Prince and Bruce Tesar), a cool and relatively intuitive environment that lets you investigate the consequences of a set of proposed OT constraints (this is brave old categorical OT, nuttin’ with stochastics or Harmonic Grammars etc.). There are to many functions to describe them here (including, of course, factorial typologies), but if you’re into Optimality Theory, have a look.  The above link goes straight to the excel sheet with the documentation and scripts (VBA-based). If it’s broken just check on Alan’s page.
  • Although this didn’t really come up during conversations, I just saw this nice MatLab package by Randy Gallistel on a Bayesian approach to Proving The Null (hypothesis). Actually you can also enter data for an analysis online (though it might be helpful to first read the page linked in bold above).

So, thanks to Jane and Patty for organizing this visit and to everyone for the good conversations.


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