About the workshop

“Your First Steps in the Open Source Language R” is an introductory workshop that will explore the basics of this popular language in a very practical way. No programming experience is required to attend . The Workshop will be divided in two sessions of 3 hours each.

What do you need to do?

  1. Register for the event contacting Carolina Restrepo at carolina.restrepo@ubc.ca
  2. Download the program on your laptop. You need to download the open source programs R and RStudio. Instructions to download below. If you have any problem downloading or installing the programs please contact matthias.bass@ubc.ca.
  3. Bring your laptop to the session

Workshop content:

Session 1, December 3rd:

  • Installation of R and RStudio
  • Rstudio
  • What is a R script?
  • What are R packages? (5981)
  • How to install packages?
  • Your R history?
  • Your R environment?
  • How data should look like for R?
  • How to import data?
  • How to save your work?
  • Your friends!: The R helpfiles and the internet

 Session 2 December 10th:

  • Basic coding (The implanted R functions)
  • What are data.frames, matrices, lists, vectors…?
  • Different ways to acces your data ($ and [,])
  • First graphs (‘Toy data 1‘)
  • How to save graphs
  • How to write .csv files and tables
  • How to organise codes (The usage of comments)
  • Write your own functions

Do you need some background information about the R language?

Please click on the following links for additional information:

http://www.r-project.org/       (What is R? icon)




Links to download the programs:

Download R:

http://www.r-project.org/   (CRAN icon) Windows 32bit version and 64bit version: http://mirror.its.dal.ca/cran/ Mac OS X 10.6 http://mirror.its.dal.ca/cran/ Mac OS X 10.9 http://mirror.its.dal.ca/cran/ Linux http://mirror.its.dal.ca/cran/

 To download R studio: