Introduction to R

February 15, 2013: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Wells Library 503 (Computer Lab)

Instructor: Thomas Jackson, ISCC

R is a free statistical programming language that provides many powerful tools for visualizing and analyzing data. R is used by statisticians around the world and is becoming increasingly popular in a variety of quantitative disciplines.

R is used exclusively with programming syntax (i.e. no "point-and-click" interface) and therefore has a steep learning curve for new programmers.

This two-hour workshop will introduce the fundamentals of R. Participants will become familiar with the R user environment, basic data structures, and syntax. Methods for creating and importing data files and downloading and using additional packages will be covered, along with basic descriptive statitsics, plots, and elementary statistical tests.

This workshop assumes no prior knowledge of R. However prior knowledge of other programming languages and a basic understanding of data and statistics is helpful, as material is covered quickly.

No registration. All ISCC workshops are now FREE on a first-come, first-served basis. (Lab holds 50 seats)


The ISCC and the Department of Statistics are co-sponsoring these workshops with CESSR's Workshop in Methods (WIM)

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