Kick Start R (4th edition)

This is a one-day introduction to the possibilities of the statistical calculation environment R for those who would like to use it, or have already started using R for statistical data analysis but would like to obtain a bit more background. We will start with a lecture in which the philosophy behind the R-language will be explained. An understanding of the data structures in R allows you to work more efficiently with R. We will show some of the advanced possibilities of R as well as where to find tutorials if you want to know more about those techniques. Most of the day will be devoted to a hands-on tutorial. The tutorial contains material from an introductory master course that is taught at the VU University. The manual contains material and references to material for self-study.

Topics that we will discuss: R language basics, installing R and R-packages, finding help, using R-studio, making dynamic reports, model fitting, reading/writing data from/to files, making publication-ready graphs, books and tutorials on the use of R.

Participants will get a certificate after successfully completing this course.


The goal of this kick-start course is to:

  1. Introduce the structure and philosophy behind the R-language.
  2. Introduce a number of tools to work with R.
  3. Give hands-on experience in solving data problems from the lab

This is an introductory course to speed up the study of R.

Date: 19 May 2017

Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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