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Provided by: Graduate School of Life Sciences

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Bioinformatics: An Introduction to Solving Biological Problems with R


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. Further information is available here.

The Course Web Site providing links to the course materials is here.

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Target audience
  • No prior knowledge of R, or of programming in general, will be assumed
  • Some familiarity with command line UNIX would be an advantage but not essential
Topics covered (session 1)
  • R environment
  • Informal introduction to R basics
  • Introducing R data objects
  • Understanding data types
  • Manipulating data in R
  • Basic build-in function for data manipulation
  • Loops and branching as useful data handling technique
  • A guide to using R for everyday data analysis
  • Reading and writing data tables
  • Data manipulation
  • Starting out with statistical tests
Topics covered (session 2)
  • Data analysis and R automation with examples
  • Data analysis 'Stepwise'. Interactive R scripting
  • Structuring an R progam'
  • Functions as procedures
  • Functions with arguments
  • Advanced data analysis and integration
  • Basic R graphics
  • High level plotting functions
  • Customized plotting functions

To enable bench scientists with no previous programming background to perform simple statistical analyses with R


Presentations, demonstrations and practicals


Participants may find it useful to look over the R tutorial from the computational biology group, Department of Oncology




A number of times per year

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