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Thu 1 Sep - Fri 2 Sep 2016
09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with R

Thu 1 Sep - Fri 2 Sep 2016


This course provides an introduction to the R programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. A variety of examples with a biological theme will be presented.

The course website providing links to the course materials is here.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book or register Interest by linking here.

Target audience
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
  • No prior programming experience is required, but those attending should be able to use a plain text editor.
  • A very basic knowledge of UNIX would be an advantage, but nothing will be assumed and extremely little will be required.

Number of sessions: 2

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Thu 1 Sep 2016   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Mark Dunning,  Cristian Riccio
2 Fri 2 Sep 2016   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Mark Dunning,  Cristian Riccio

After this course you should be able to:

  • Import data and plot graphs
  • Perform statistical tests in R and interpret the results
  • Create a documented and reproducible piece of R code to process biological data
  • Know how to develop your skills in R after the course

During this course you will learn about:

  • The RStudio interface to R
  • The many ways to access help about R
  • Basic object types in R
  • Importing tabular data into R
  • Manipulating data in R
  • Using in-built functions
  • Basic programming with if/else statements and for loops
  • Creating your own functions
  • Statistical testing in R
  • Executing basic data analysis workflows in R
  • Basic Plotting
  • Customizing plots

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals

Registration fees
  • Free for University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • £ 50/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 100/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here

Day 1
9:30 - 11:00 Introduction to R and its environment
11:00 - 12:30 Data Structures
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Data Analysis Example
15:00 - 17:30 Plotting in R
Day 2
9:30 - 11:00 Further customisation of plots
11:00 - 12:30 Statistics
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Data Manipulation Techniques
15:30 - 17:00 Programming in R
17:00 - 17:30 Further report writing

Participants may find it useful to look over this R tutorial




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