Workshops: Introduction to R – and Intermediate R

Published on February 11, 2019

R is a popular open source statistical package for data analytics and graphics that is widely used in both academia and industry. According to a recent survey, it is the most used statistical programming language and the 13th overall for all programming languages. It is available for free download for use on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. There's even an Android version!

The Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences is holding several R Workshops in February. The workshops will be delivered in the Weldon Instruction Room, Ground Floor, Weldon Library.

Details about the sessions are found below, online registration is available, each workshop costs $50.00.

Introduction to R Workshop - with no prior programming experience

Tuesday, February 19, 9 am to 12 pm
Or Tuesday, February 26, 6 pm to 9 pm

Introduction to R is a 3-hour workshop introducing basic programming concepts in R and learning to execute data manipulations, calculations, statistical analyses, and produce useful graphs and numeric summaries. Participants will also learn to write simple functions that can be used to automate analyses and examine the use of R packages to expand R's basic capabilities.

No prior programming knowledge is necessary. Those with previous programming knowledge are encouraged to take the workshop on February 20th from 9 am to 12 pm. The workshop is hands-on and participants will follow along with all of the coding. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own computers, but please ensure that both R and RStudio are installed. R is the programming language itself and must be installed first. RStudio Desktop provides a more friendly programming environment and is used in conjunction with R.

The workshop will be held in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, Map & Data Centre, Weldon Library).

Introduction to R Workshop - with some prior programming experience

Wednesday, February 20, 9 am to 12 pm

Introduction to R is a 3-hour workshop introducing basic programming concepts in R and learning to execute data manipulations, calculations, statistical analyses, and produce useful graphs and numeric summaries. Participants will also learn to write simple functions that can be used to automate analyses and examine the use of R packages to expand R's basic capabilities.

Although no prior programming knowledge is necessary, those with no programming experience are encouraged to take the workshop on February 19th from 9 am to 12 pm or February 26th from 6 to 9 pm which will proceed at a slower pace. The workshop is hands-on and participants will follow along with all of the coding. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own computers, but please ensure that both R and RStudio are installed. R is the programming language itself and must be installed first. RStudio Desktop provides a more friendly programming environment and is used in conjunction with R.

The workshop will be held in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, Map & Data Centre, Weldon Library).

Intermediate R Workshop

Thursday, February 21, 9 am to 1 pm

Intermediate R is a 4-hour workshop where we will work through example analyses from start to finish. This includes preparing and cleaning data, plotting, modelling (t-tests, linear models, logistic regression, etc.), and presentation. As we go, we will discuss the way R handles different symbols, syntax, functions, and arguments. Understanding these concepts will allow the user to expand their usage of R more quickly and extend their knowledge to new situations. We will also stress the importance of good coding habits, effective use of graphical methods, and using help files. Participants will follow along with all of the coding and leave the workshop with a file that can be easily modified to fit many different situations.

This workshop is suitable for people with a basic understanding of R (basic use of data frames, vectors, lists, etc). Attending the Introduction to R Workshop is sufficient to prepare you for this one. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring their own computers, but please ensure that both R and RStudio are installed. R is the programming language itself and must be installed first. RStudio Desktop provides a more friendly programming environment and is used in conjunction with R.

The workshop will be held in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, Map & Data Centre, Weldon Library).