Epidemiology and Biometry

Department für Versorgungsforschung

Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
Ammerländer Heerstr. 140

Office: V04 1-124 (» Adresse und Lageplan) Consultation: n.V. Phone: 4476

Research Focus

  • Expectile and Quantile Regression
  • Boosting
  • Semiparametric Regression
  • Longitudinal Data and Mixed Models
  • Time to Event Analyses
  • Instrumental Variables
  • Graphical Models


  • 01/2018: Certificate for university level teaching from the University Oldenburg
  • since 10/2014: Postdoctoral Researcher (until 02/18 Akademischer Rat) in the Division for Epidemiology and Biometry at the Department of Health Services Research of the University Oldenburg

  • 2012 - 2014: Akademischer Rat at the Chair for Statistics at the Department of  Economics of the University Göttingen

  • 03/2012: Dissertation with the topic "Semiparametric Expectile Regression" at the University Oldenburg

  • 2009 - 2012: PhD student and scientific assistant at the Institute for Mathematics at the University Oldenburg

  • 04/2009: Diploma thesis in mathematics with the topic "Validation of undirected graphical models" at BIPS / University of Bremen

  • 2003 - 2009: Studies of mathematics at the Universities of Kaiserslautern und Bremen

Current Projects

  • Project for the German Research Foundation (DFG) "Verteilungsregression für Ereigniszeiten" / "Distributional regression for times to event" (together with Verena Jürgens and Antje Timmer)
  • Project for the German Research Foundation (DFG) "Strukturiert Additive Verteilungsregression" / "Structured additive distributional regression" (together with Thomas Kneib)
  • DAAD travel grant for an invited presentation at the CMStatistics 2015 in London



  • von Gablenz P, Otto-Sobotka F, Holube I. Sprachverstehen nach Selbsteinschätzung und im Göttinger Satztest in der Allgemeinbevölkerung. Jahrestagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Audiologie (DGA), Halle (Saale); 28.02.-03.03.2018
  • Spiegel E., Kneib T., Otto-Sobotka F. Generalized Additive Models with Flexible Response Functions, Statistics and Computing (2017) https://doi.org/10.1007/s11222-017-9799-6


You can find a list of further publications and presentations at Publications.

Earlier Publications


Current lectures and seminars can be viewed here.


The current lectures target first year master students who want to use inductive statistics in their further studies or theses. The lectures contain basic statistic analysis methods and their applications with the software R. 






Statistical Programming with R (VL)


Basics of Statistical Data Analysis (VL)


Foundations of STS: Statistics and Programming (VL)








Mon 16-18

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Mon 10-12

Thu 10-12


  • R-package expectreg (Sobotka, Schnabel, Schulze Waltrup with contributions from Eilers, Kneib, Kauermann)
  • R-package gmvalid (Sobotka, Foraita)