Workshops

Hands-on R workshops are offered throughout the year. R is an open source statistical package for data analytics and graphics that is widely used in both academia and industry. It is freely available, well-supported, powerful and flexible, making it one of the most used of all programming languages.

Current workshops include Introduction to R and Intermediate R. These workshops are usually held during the fall and winter breaks, and in late spring. Advanced R workshops are also available, but are not offered regularly.

Upcoming workshops:

  • Introduction to R - Saturday Oct 28th, 10:45 am to 1:45 pm
    • Registration Closed
  • Introduction to R - Saturday Oct 28th, 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Registration Closed
  • Intermediate R - Sunday October 29th, 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
    • Registration Closed
  • February (specific dates TBA), 2018

We can also provide customized workshops for your group/department. Please contact us for more information.

Suggestions? Please contact us to suggest other services you require for your analytical needs.


Introduction to R Workshop

This workshop is a half-day introduction to R, an open source statistical package for data analytics and graphics that is widely used in both academia and industry. It is freely available, well-supported, powerful and flexible, making it one of the most used of all programming languages.

Workshop participants will be introduced to basic programming concepts in R and learn 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. More information on this workshop can be found here: http://rpubs.com/fhe7/IntroRsummer2017.

No prior programming knowledge is necessary. 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 (https://cran.r-project.org/). RStudio Desktop provides a more friendly programming environment and is used in conjunction with R (https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/).

The workshop will be led by PhD candidates in the Department of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, Map & Data Centre, Weldon Library).


Intermediate R Workshop

In this half-day workshop, 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 (https://cran.r-project.org/). RStudio Desktop provides a more friendly programming environment and is used in conjunction with R (https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/).

The workshop will be led by PhD candidates in the Department of Statistical & Actuarial Sciences in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, Map & Data Centre, Weldon Library).