Introduction to R and R Studio (online) - September 2024

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Monday 2, Friday 6, Monday 9, Friday 13 September 2024



The aim of this course is to introduce the R programming language and how to use it to perform statistical inference and data visualization. Participants will be introduced to the R language syntax, basic types of data in R, how to explore data through descriptive statistics and visualization and how to apply a selection of basic techniques for statistical inference. The focus of the course is on the application of these techniques with R, and not on the underlying statistical theory which can be learnt in other courses. The course will be a combination of lectures, interactive live coding, individual exercises and self-study.

Learning Outcomes
  • Getting familiar with programming in a dynamic language in general and with R specifically.
  • Introduce participants to the RStudio IDE (scripts, projects, customizing RStudio)
  • First, participants will get to know the R language syntax, how to write proper code for solving a given problem. They will learn how to work with variables to store data, and how to apply functions to data.
  • This will be followed by a strong foundation on the basic types of data in R (vectors, matrices, lists, data frames) and how to work with them (access data, modify, filter). A good understanding on R data types facilitates further learning and understanding of R code
  • Next, participants will learn how to import and export data and will get to know the test datasets that R provides for practicing their skills. This will include understanding how to prepare data in a spreadsheet such that it can be imported efficiently into R
  • Participants will also learn how to visualize data using the basic R plotting tools and we will cover common statistical plots (scatter plots, bar plots, box plots, histograms), with an emphasis on exploratory data analysis (detecting outliers, visualize correlations and patterns) as well as visualizing results of statistical models. Participants will also learn how to customize the appearance of plots (labels, colors, legends, margins) so that they are publication ready.
  • Finally, participants will be taught how to apply basic techniques of statistical inference from experimental data, including analysis of variance, linear models, t-test and testing the hypothesis behind these models.
Course setup

The course is spread across four days in two consecutive weeks and takes place on a dedicated Microsoft Teams group that will be created for the course. Each day of the course will be broken into three sections by a lunch break (1 hour) and two shorter breaks (20 minutes). Each section is chaired by one of the instructors who will share his computer screen with the rest of participants. During a section, theoretical concepts will be taught via a presentation, mixed with live coding practice, interaction with participants as well as short exercises (2 – 3 minutes each) performed by participants on their own. The other instructor will be answering questions on the chat of the Teams group.

Target Group The course is aimed at PhD candidates, postdocs, and academic staff
Group Size 24 participants
Course duration 4 days (6 hours per day) from 9:00 to 15:00 hours 
Language of instruction English
Frequency of recurrence Twice a year
Number of credits 0.9 ECTS
Lecturers Ioannis Baltzakis, Alejandro Morales Sierra
Prior knowledge No prior knowledge of R is expected from the participants
Estimated self-study/practice time 2 hours
Location Online (Microsoft Teams)


PE&RC/WIMEK/EPS/WASS/VLAG/WIAS PhD candidates with approved TSP and EngD candidates € 110,- € 160,-
PE&RC postdocs and staff € 220,- € 270,-
All other academic participants € 260,- € 310,-
Non academic participants € 370,- € 420,-

* The Early-Bird Fee applies to anyone who REGISTERS ON OR BEFORE 8 JULY 2024


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  • Up to 4 (four) weeks prior to the start of the course, cancellation is free of charge.
  • Up to 2 (two) weeks prior to the start of the course, 50% of the participation fee will be charged.
  • In case of cancellation within two weeks prior to the start of the course or no show, 100% of the participation fee will be charged.

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