Quickly get up and running with R
This 2-day instructor-led workshop gets participants quickly up and running with R software for data science and data visualization. The workshop emphasizes modern R tools and techniques for data science. The consistency, power and simplicity of these modern tools, often referred to collectively as the “tidyverse”, make working with data in R easier than ever.
This Workshop can be held on-site (at your institution) or remotely via video conference and has been completely revised and updated for 2019-2020!
Agenda: Introduction to R for Data Science
- R + RStudio: orientation and introduction to the software, how to run code, RStudio panes and tabs
- R language quick start: getting users quickly up and running with R syntax and R packages
- Data manipulation with the
dplyrpackage: learning the core functions for creating subsets, selecting data and creating and altering variables
- Using the R pipe to create streamlined and easy to read workflows
- Creating data visualizations using the
- Reading and writing text, Excel, SAS/Stata/SPSS and other file types using
haven. This section also includes a discussion of accessing data from databases.
- Grouping, aggregating and joining data using the
- Getting data into the right orientation – reshaping data with the
- Creating more effective plots in
ggplot2with faceting, scales and the theme() function
- Fine-tuning data manipulation by working with strings, dates and categorical variables with the
Zev Ross is president of ZevRoss Spatial Analysis, a company focused on data science, statistics and data visualization. He is an RStudio recommended trainer and consultant and has used R on a daily basis for nearly 15 years conducting data analysis and statistics for a wide range of clients including some of the world’s largest public health agencies and Fortune 500 companies. Zev has authored or co-authored more than 50 scientific research papers and maintains a popular data science blog.
Zev is an RStudio certified instructor and was an invited workshop instructor at the 2020 RStudio Conference. He has been teaching R workshops for 7 years and clients include the New York City Department of Health, NIH, Freddie Mac, UCLA, Columbia University, Agriculture Canada and many others. These on-site wokshops have earned an average of 4.6 stars out of 5 in hundreds of anonymous reviews and 99% of the reviewers gave the workshops 4 or 5 stars.
The workshop is designed to be held on-site at your institution or remotely via video conference and involves a mix of slides, collaborative hands-on material and exercises. Participants use their own laptops and will be provided access to a cloud version of the R and RStudio software for the course. To fit with busy schedules the workshop can be held on weekdays or weekends. The workshop is designed for up to 20 participants (but we can work with you if you have a smaller or larger group and have taught to up to 200).
Feedback from our workshops
This workshop was excellent. [Zev’s] delivery was calm, confident, and accommodating. The material was relevant and useful. I appreciated everything.”Lathania
Zev is an excellent teacher - clear, organized but also adaptive, patient, perceptive, highly knowledgeable in the subject matter, and simply nice and skilled at connecting with his audience.”Anthony Coghlan
Director, Credit Analytics and Reporting,
Single Family Modeling and Analytics
It was great! I’ve had other informal R training but this is really the only one I have participated in where I felt like afterwards I could actually use and implement it.”Anonymous
California Department of Public Health (CDPH)
This course is well designed. The information and exercises flow in a logical order, done at the right speed, and well communicated. This course is perfect for a group of technically savvy individuals who might not have prior knowledge of R, but can pick up the information. Well done.”Anthony D’Abruzzo
NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services
Crime Analysis Center Program
I think Zev was excellent. He was articulate and engaging.”Anonymous
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Based on a great experience I had with an introductory R course that Zev taught at a scientific conference a few years ago, I invited Zev to deliver the introductory R workshop at Columbia University. The workshop was a perfect introduction for students and staff to this powerful, open source statistics and visualization software, and gave them the skills and confidence to get to work using R on their own data.”Patrick Kinney
Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Director, Columbia Climate and Health Program
I took a few-week Intro to R course, but never used it afterwards because couldn’t grasp how to read in data in which I was interested. The way R materials were presented in this class is very practical and less confusing. Thank you.”Anonymous
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
People are still talking about the training you did for us! VERY POSITIVE IMPACT!! Thank you!!!!”Sharla Bailey
Single Family Division
A student in my lab took the R course last week. He thought it was fantastic, and then used the knowledge to write a script to simplify and help in his analysis experiments he is doing for his project. He just told me that he used to be severely limited by the number of replicates he could analyze because of a problem handling the data – now that limitation is gone and he will be able to analyze much more data. Thank you for organizing the course.”Anonymous
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
(from a note sent to the organizer of the R workshop)
Your training helped our entire team get their feet wet in R, the exercises along with the hands-on instruction helped us understand and work through R. From that perspective, it was invaluable to our entire team. Several of our analysts are now using R in their day to day project work.”Ravi Ramachandran
Zurich Insurance Group, North America
The content was delivered very coherently and was easily the best 2-day training I’ve been to as a government employee.”Anonymous
Rochester Police Department
It was a well presented workshop. I felt confident in your knowledge and felt reassured by your candid style. It made the workshop feel more like an educational conversation then a dry lecture.”Josh