Introduction to R


Introduction to R

1. Introduction

Exegetic Analytics is a Data Science consultancy specialising in data acquisition and augmentation, data preparation, predictive analytics and machine learning. Our services are used by a range of industries from Education to Security, Food Delivery to Politics. Our consultants are based in Durban and Cape Town and we engage with clients all over the world. Our products and services are used by a multitude of industries including Aerospace, Education, Finance, Food and Transport.

Exegetic Analytics also offers training, with experienced and knowledgeable facilitators. Our courses focus on practical applications, working through examples and exercises based on real-world datasets.

All of our training packages include access to:

  • our online development environment and
  • detailed course material which participants will have continued access to even once the training has concluded.

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2. Course Description

A short, intensive introductory course on R.


Duration 1 day
Who should attend? This course is suitable for anybody who uses a spreadsheet to work with data. No prior programming knowledge required.
Objectives Learn to use R for basic data analysis and visualisation.
Outcomes Participants will be able to

  • comfortably find their way around RStudio;
  • import their data into R from CSV files and spreadsheets;
  • manipulate and summarise the data; and
  • generate attractive and informative visualisations.
Setup Bring a laptop.

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Course Outline

3. Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Background: Why use R rather than Excel?
    • Features of R
    • Finding your way around RStudio
    • Working in the Console
    • Creating and running scripts
    • Getting help
  • Loading Data
    • How to get data into R?
    • Working with CSV, XLS and XLSX files
  • Manipulating Data
    • Selecting columns
    • Manipulating columns
    • Filtering rows
    • Generating summary statistics
  • Visualisation
    • Scatter, line and bar plots
    • Styling plots
  • Markdown
    • Creating beautiful automated reports
    • Adding tables and plots

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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).

Return to our list of courses.