Introduction to R

This is a short introduction to R. It introduces the fundamental features of the language and serves as a foundation for the rest of our R courses.

  • Variables
    • Atomic data types
  • Compound Data Structures
    • Vectors
    • Lists
    • Data Frames
  • Functions
    • Using builtin functions
    • Getting help
    • Writing your own functions
  • Loading Data
    • {readr} — CSV
    • {readxl} — Excel (XLS and XLSX)
  • Wrangling
    • {dplyr}
      • Selecting columns
      • Filtering rows
    • {tidyr}
      • Pivoting
  • Plotting
    • {ggplot2}
      • Scatter and line plots
      • Simple styling
      • Facets

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Training Philosophy

Our training emphasises practical skills. So, although you'll be learning concepts and theory, you'll see how everything is applied in the real world. We will work through examples and exercises based on real datasets.


All you'll need is a computer with a browser and a decent internet connection. We'll be using an online development environment. This means that you can focus on learning and not on solving technical problems.

Of course, we are happy to help you get your local environment set up too! You can start by following these instructions.


The training package includes access to
  • our online development environment and
  • detailed course material (slides and scripts).

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