Introduction to R

Introduction to R

Course Level: Foundation (6 hours)

R is a versatile language for statistical computing and graphics. In this course you will learn the advantages of using R and how to get started. You will gain familiarity with the RStudio interface and learn the R basics. Also included is an introduction to the Tidyverse and how to use various packages for data storage, visualisation and manipulation. This course provides a great foundation to begin your R journey!

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  • Introduction to R:
    • Overview
    • Background
    • Features of the R statistical programming system
  • Data entry:
    • Importing data
  • Data types:
    • Numeric
    • Float
    • Binary
  • R environment:
    • Introduction
    • Working directory
    • Creating/using scripts
    • Saving data and results.
  • R graphics:
    • Brief introduction to {ggplot2}
    • Creating, editing and storing graphics
  • Summary statistics:
    • Measures of location and spread
  • Manipulating data in R: D
    • Describing how data can be manipulated using logical operators and {dplyr}
  • Vector operations:
    • Details of R’s vectors operations

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Learning outcomes

Session 1

By the end of session 1, participants will…

  • have a clear understanding of R/RStudio IDE and its background.
  • be familiar with navigating the RStudio IDE.
  • understand the core fundamentals of R.
  • understand functions and arguments.
  • be able to create vectors and applying functions.
  • be exposed to the tibbles and {tidyverse} package.

Session 2

By the end of session 2, participants will…

  • be able to comfortably import, export, and store data in R.
  • have a basic introduction to graphics with {ggplot2}.
  • have a basic understanding of manipulating data manipulation with {dplyr}.
  • understand logical and relational data partitioning.

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Prior knowledge

No prior programming knowledge of any kind is assumed. This course is suitable for all fields of work. Previous attendees include biologists, statisticians, accountants, engineers & students, i.e., anyone who uses a spreadsheet!

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  • “John spoke at a nice pace which allowed me to digest what was being said/keep up; regular breaks - to keep the brain alert (or at least helped!!)”
  • “Very interesting course and plenty of resources to look into”
  • “Highly knowledgeable trainers”
  • “Flowed well, easy to follow, and clear instructions”
  • “Our instructor Theo was great, I had never used R and was able to keep up with everything going on”