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Mon 10 Jun 2019
09:30 - 17:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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Data Manipulation and Visualisation in R

Mon 10 Jun 2019


Please note that this course has been discontinued and has been replaced by the Introduction to R for biologists.

This course introduces some relatively new additions to the R programming language: dplyr and ggplot2. In combination these R packages provide a powerful toolkit to make the process of manipulating and visualising data easy and intuitive.

Materials for this course can be found here.

The training room is located on the first floor and there is currently no wheelchair or level access available to this level.

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

Target audience
  • Existing R users who are not familiar with dplyr and ggplot2
  • Those with programming experience in other languages that want to know what R can offer them
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Please be aware that these courses are only free for registered University of Cambridge students. All other participants will be charged a registration fee in some form. Registration fees and further details regarding the charging policy are available here.
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
  • This is an intermediate-level R course aimed at students and research scientists who are already comfortable using R but who are either not familiar with, or would like to improve their skills in, plotting using ggplot2 and data manipulation using the dplyr and tidyr.
  • This is a fast-paced course covering a lot of material in just one day. We will be using RStudio, so if you are not already using RStudio to write R code, it would be helpful to spend some time familiarizing yourself with RStudio. Some good introductory videos can be found here.

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Mon 10 Jun 2019   09:30 - 17:30 09:30 - 17:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building, Downing Site map Matthew Eldridge,  Ashley Sawle,  Dr A. Edwards,  Martin van Rongen
Topics covered

Bioinformatics, Biology, Data handling, Data visualisation


After this course you should be able to:

  • Create reproducible documents
  • Import and tidy and datasets into R
  • Use dplyr to explore a dataset interactively
  • Produce simple analysis workflows in R
  • Make publication-ready graphics using ggplot2

During this course you will learn about:

  • How R enables reproducible research
  • What constitues a tidy dataset
  • "Piping" commands together to form a workflow
  • Subseting and filtering datasets using dplyr
  • Producing summary statistics from a dataset
  • Joining datasets using dplyr
  • The grammar of graphics approach to plotting used in ggplot2

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals


Day 1 Topics
9:30 - 10:00 Introduction
10:00 - 12:00 Visualisation with ggplot2
12:00 - 12:30 Tidying and transforming data
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (not provided)
13:30 - 14:30 Tidying and transforming data (cont.)
14:30 - 15:30 Workflows
15:30 - 16:30 Summarising, grouping, and combining data
16:30 - 17:30 Customising plots
Registration Fees
  • Free for registered University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, temporary visitors (students and researchers) and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • It remains the participant's responsibility to acquire prior approval from the relevant group leader, line manager or budget holder to attend the course. It is requested that people booking only do so with the agreement of the relevant party as costs will be charged back to your Lab Head or Group Supervisor.
  • £ 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



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