This module introduces the R statistical environment, assuming no prior knowledge. It provides a foundation for the use of R for computation in later modules. In addition to discussing basic data management tasks in R, such as reading in data and producing summaries through R scripts, we will also introduce R’s graphics functions, its powerful package system, and simple methods of looping. Examples and exercises will use data drawn from biological and medical applications, including infectious diseases and genetics. Hands-on use of R is a major component of this module; users require a laptop and will use it in all sessions.
Co-taught with the Summer Institute in Statistical Genetics.