Aim of this course

Based on their extensive experience with teaching R and statistics to applied scientists, the course organizers (Dr Alain F Zuur and Dr Elena N Ieno) provide a beginner's guide to R. To avoid the difficulty of teaching R and statistics at the same time, statistical methods are kept to a minimum. The course material covers how to download and install R, import and manage data, elementary plotting, an introduction to functions, advanced plotting, and common beginner mistakes.

This course contains everything you need to know to get started with R.



General introduction, getting data into R, accessing variables and managing subsets of data, simple commands, introduction to basic plotting tools, loops and functions, graphing tools, introduction to the lattice package (multipanel graphs), common R mistakes.


Course content

See the table of content of our book for a detailed list of the course material. Subsections 2.2.2 and 2.2.3 are not covered. Our book (A Beginner’s Guide to R) is not included in the course fee. We recommend that you obtain a copy of our book, but the course can be completed without it. Your university library is likely to have a copy of our book.


Pre-required knowledge: None