Introduction to R 2016

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Course Schedule

Schedule for June 6, 2016

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Laptop Setup Instructions

1) Install the most recent version of R for your operating system by following the links from http://www.r-project.org/

2) Download and install the most recent version of R Studio desktop from http://www.rstudio.com/

3) Make sure you have a robust internet browser such as Firefox, Safari or Chrome (not Internet Explorer).

4) Make sure you have a PDF viewer (e.g. Adobe Acrobat, Preview or similar) or that you can read PDF files in your Web browser.

5) Create a project directory for data files and source code for this workshop.

Difference Between R and RStudio

RStudio doesn’t know where libraries are installed, when they are not installed through the RStudio package manager. To tell RStudio the location, you can define the path in a startup file. Create a file called .Renviron . Inside there:

R_LIBS=<R Library Path of other installed packages>

That was the problem when students installed things in RStudio at the command line using the R command install.package().

… or you could use the package manger to install libraries.

Syntax highlighting

… of scripts in the R editor does not seem to work under Windows. If you want highlighted syntax, use RStudio instead.

Helpful Materials

YouTube Playlist for Recorded Lectures

Recorded Lectures’ Playlist

Day 1


Ann Meyer

Module 1: The R Environment

Boris Steipe

Recorded Lecture



Module 2: Programming Basics

Boris Steipe

Recorded Lecture


Module 3: Using R for Data Analysis

Boris Steipe




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