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. This will allow you to better understand the data structures in R. Also, you will be shown 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 computer tutorial where you can start either to learn working with R or, if you already have some experience, start to explore more advanced topics in R. 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 modern 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 specific to the R-language.

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

Date: 25 April 2015

Location: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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