Introduction to R and R Studio

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Satellite Event in conjunction with ASC 2014

This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Australian Statistical Conference to be held in Sydney July 7-10 at the Australian Technology Park, Sydney.

Venue: Peter Johnson Building CB06.03.51 (702-730 Harris Street, Broadway) at University of Technology Sydney

About the presenter:

Presenter: A/Prof Adrian Barnett (QUT). Adrian is an experienced user of R, and uses it in his research, teaching, and consulting.

About the course

This workshop is designed for statisticians and statistical practitioners who have little or no experience with R. R is a free and extremely powerful software environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics. It has become the tool of choice for many statisticians. The R environment is highly flexible and extensible and it contains a wealth of functions to carry out standard and non-standard statistical and graphical analyses.

These include:

•         the “rpart” package for classification and regression trees

•         the “mgcv” package for regression splines

•         the “e1071” package for support vector machines

R also has excellent graphics ability and is able to create figures in journal-ready formats. R differs from many statistics packages is that it uses a command line, and hence getting started in R involves significant initial effort for those with limited programming experience. R Studio provides a more user friendly interface for R.

Course Outline

Topics Covered:

•         Using R Studio.

•         Manipulating data in R

•         Saving and loading data

•         Accessing R’s help files

•         Running a linear regression analysis

•         Using R’s libraries

•         Creating a journal-ready plot

•         Introduction to R Studio.


This is a hands-on course with regular breaks for exercises that help to cement the practical application of R.

NOTE: Participants are required to bring their own laptops and install R and R Studio prior to attending the workshop. Installation instructions will be supplied.

09.00-10.30am Sessions 1 & 2
10.30-11.00am Morning tea
11.00-12.30pm Sessions 2 & 3
12.30- 01.30pm Lunch
01.30- 03.00pm Sessions 4 & 5

03.00- 03.30pm Afternoon tea
03.30- 04.30pm Session 6

Please note that registrations start at 8:30am on the first day.

Morning/afternoon tea are provided.

Target Audience

This course will cover the basics of R and is suitable for someone who has never used it before.


Basic statistical knowledge and some statistical computing but no knowledge of R required.



Early Bird Registrations close on 31 May 2014.

Full Fee $520.00

Discount for SSAI Members or ASC 2014 paid registrants $300.00
Students $200.00

Full Registrations after 31 May 2014.

Full Fee $620.00

Discount for SSAI Members or ASC 2014 paid registrants $400.00
Students $300.00

Travel Expenses

Occasionally workshops have to be cancelled due to a lack of subscription. Early registration ensures that this will not happen. However, please contact the SSAI Office before making any travel arrangements to confirm that the workshop will go ahead, because the SSAI will not be held responsible for any travel or accommodation expenses incurred due to a workshop cancellation.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received prior to Monday, 23 June 2014 will be refunded in full. Cancellations need to be accompanied by a valid credit card number and expiry date which will be used to put the refund through. After this time no part of the registration fee will be refunded. However, registrations are transferable within the same organisation. Please advise any changes to [email protected]


Introduction to R and R Studio
When: 06/07/2014
Time: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Cost: from $300
Location: University of Technology, Sydney,
15 Broadway,
NSW 2007

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