AES_707 Statistics seminar for archaeologists

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2022
Extent and Intensity
0/2/0. 2 credit(s). Recommended Type of Completion: k (colloquium). Other types of completion: z (credit).
Mgr. Petr Pajdla (seminar tutor)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. Klára Šabatová, Ph.D.
Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Šibíčková
Supplier department: Department of Archaeology and Museology - Faculty of Arts
Bachelor and Master students of Archaeology are strongly recommended to complete the course AEM_02 Evaluation of archaeological data prior to enrolling in this seminar.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is only offered to the students of the study fields the course is directly associated with.

The capacity limit for the course is 12 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 0/12, only registered: 0/12
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The purpose of the course is to familiarize the students with modern statistical methods applied in archaeology. Basic statistical concepts including types of variables, descriptive statistics, various types of plots characterizing one variable and relationship of two variables will be introduced. The main focus is on analyzing multidimensional data, methods of dimensionality reduction, clustering etc. The methods will be introduced using archaeological case studies. The goal of the employed statistical analysis will be to illuminate various topics in archaeological research including dating, comparison of various artefacts and artefact assemblages as a whole, their variablity etc. The course is taught using R programming language.
Learning outcomes
At the end of this course, the student will be able to:
understand basic statistical terminology;
create basic graphs and interpret them;
calculate and interpret correlation between variables;
prepare data for various types of analyses;
apply multidimensional statistical methods (PCA, CA) and interpret the results;
work in the R environment.
  • Quantitative methods in Archaeology: Introduction
  • Basic statistical terminology.
  • Types of variables.
  • Data preparation, missing values, tidy data.
  • Available software: scripted languages and reproducibility. Introduction to R.
  • Descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • Numerical and graphical characteristics of central tendency and variability, data distributions.
  • Relating variables, correlation.
  • Multidimensional data, reducing dimensions.
  • Cluster analysis (k-means, hierarchical).
    recommended literature
  • CARLSON, David L. Quantitative Methods in Archaeology Using R. 1st ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. info
  • BARCELO, Juan A. and Igor BOGDANOVIC. Mathematics and Archaeology. 1st ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press, 2015. info
  • HEBÁK, Petr. Statistické myšlení a nástroje analýzy dat. Vyd. 1. Praha: Informatorium, 2013. 877 s. ISBN 9788073331054. info
  • DRENNAN, Robert D. Statistics for archaeologists : a common sense approach. Second edition. New York: Springer, 2010. xv, 333. ISBN 9781441960719. info
  • MELOUN, Milan, Jiří MILITKÝ and Martin HILL. Počítačová analýza vícerozměrných dat v příkladech. Vyd. 1. Praha: Academia, 2005. 449 s. ISBN 8020013350. info
  • SHENNAN, Stephen. Quantifying archaeology. 1st ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1988. info
Teaching methods
Seminars will consist of theoretical introductions by the lecturer followed by individual or group work on analysing example data and eventually on data supplied by the students of the course.
Assessment methods
Active participation during the seminars and completing homework assignments on DataCamp is necessary to complete the course.
Language of instruction
Further comments (probably available only in Czech)
The course can also be completed outside the examination period.
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every week.
General note: Seminář bude probíhat v následujících termínech: 21. 2., 28. 2., 6. 3., 13. 3., 20. 3., 27. 3.
Teacher's information
The course will take place on the following dates: 21. 2., 28. 2., 6. 3., 13. 3., 20. 3., 27. 3.
The course is also listed under the following terms Spring 2020.
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