Utrecht, Netherlands

Data Science: Statistical Programming with R

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 9 July 2021
language English
duration 1 week
credits 1.5 EC
fee EUR 620

R is rapidly becoming the standard platform for data analysis. This course offers an elaborate introduction into statistical programming in R. Students learn to operate R, form pipelines for data analysis, make high quality graphics, fit, assess and interpret a variety of statistical models and do advanced statistical programming. The statistical theory in this course covers t-testing, regression models for linear, dichotomous, ordinal and multivariate data, statistical inference, statistical learning, bootstrapping and Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

R is rapidly becoming the standard platform for data manipulation, visualisation and analysis and has a number of advantages over other statistical software packages. A wide community of users contribute to R, resulting in an enormous coverage of statistical procedures, including many that are not available in any other statistical program. Furthermore, it is highly flexible for programming and scripting purposes, for example when manipulating data or creating professional plots. However, R lacks standard GUI menus, as in SPSS for example, from which to choose what statistical test to perform or which graph to create. As a consequence, R is more challenging to master. Therefore, this course offers an elaborate introduction into statistical programming in R.

Students learn to operate R, make plots, fit, assess and interpret a variety of basic statistical models and conduct advanced statistical programming and data manipulation. The topics in this course include regression models for linear, dichotomous, ordinal and multivariate data, statistical inference, statistical learning, bootstrapping and Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

The course deals with the following topics:
An introduction to the R environment;
Basic to advanced programming skills: data generation, manipulation, pipelines, summaries and plotting;
Fitting statistical models: estimation, prediction and testing;
Drawing statistical inference from data;
Basic statistical learning techniques;
Bootstrapping and Monte Carlo simulation.

The course starts at a very basic level and builds up gradually. At the end of the week, participants will master advanced programming skills with R. No previous experience with R is required.

This course is part of a series of 5 courses in the Summer School Data Science specialisation taught by UU’s department of Methodology & Statistics. Please see here for more information about the full specialisation. This course can also be taken separately.

Summer School Data Science specialisation:

Data science: Statistical Programming with R (This course)
Data science: Multiple Imputation in Practice (S28: 12-15 July)
Data science: Introduction to Text Mining with R (S41: 12 - 14 July)
Data science: Data analysis (S31: 19-23 July)
Data science: Applied Text Mining (S42: 26 - 29 July)

Upon completing 3 out of 5 courses in the specialisation of which at least one text mining course, students can obtain a certificate. Each course may also be taken separately.

Please note that there is always the possibility that we have to change the course pending COVID19-related developments. The exact details, including a day-to-day program, will be communicated 6 weeks prior to the start of the course.

Course leader

Dr. Gerko Vink

Target group

Applied researchers and (master) students who already use statistical software and would like to learn to use, or improve their usage of the flexible R-environment. Understanding of basic statistical theory such as t-tests, hypothesis testing and regression is required.

Participants from a variety of fields, including sociology, psychology, education, human development, marketing, business, biology, medicine, political science, and communication sciences, will benefit from the course.

A maximum of 80 participants will be allowed in this course. Please note that the selection for this course will be done on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course aim

The course teaches students the necessary skills to understand how R works, and how to use R for a variety of statistical analysis of data in many domains of science.

The skills addressed in this practical are:

Working with the R environment;
Using R-functions for data generation, manipulation and summaries;
Making high-quality plots;
Forming pipelines;
Reproducible programming;
Statistical inference;
Basic statistical learning;
Fitting and interpreting a variety of statistical models;
Programming of bootstraps and Monte Carlo simulations.

Fee info

EUR 620: Course + course materials + lunch
EUR 200: Housing fee (optional)

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