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DiSC R Lessons

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About the lessons

DiSC R lessons are provided by the Digital Scholarship and Communications Office (DiSC) of the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries at Vanderbilt University. The DiSC office provides regular lessons for R beginners with a variety of followup intermediate and advanced lessons. There is no cost associated with the lessons.

The beginners lessons generally cycle twice per semester. See the schedule below for session details. Advance registration and a Zoom login are required to attend the live working sessions. To register, go to the link at the schedule below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Each lesson includes of a series of videos with a practice scripts and homework assignments. The live Zoom working sessions are not class sessions. Rather, they provide an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the lesson videos and homework, or to work on the homework with assistance.

The lessons are part of a free, online learning system called CodeGraf. You are welcome to work through these lessons or any of the other lesson modules available in CodeGraf on your own at any time (no registration required). To explore all of the lesson modules that are available, visit the CodeGraf landing page.

The DiSC office also provides lessons for learning Python and getting started with GitHub in a similar format.

Archive of past lessons

Beginners Lessons - Spring 2021

First cycle: Thursdays from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Central (US) Time

Registration link

Instructor (Steve Baskauf) office hours information, or email steve.baskauf@vanderbilt.edu to arrange another time to talk.

Working session date Lesson Topic Web pages
Feb 4 1 Introduction, installation troubleshooting terminology (18 min) / programming environments (50 min) / installation videos (10 min) Stop on the page after the Installing Anaconda section.
Feb 11 2 Basics: Vectors and vectorized computing, packages lesson videos (50 min)
Feb 18 3 Lists and dataframes, tibbles lesson videos (40 min)
Feb 25 4 Missing data, basic stats, basic plots lesson videos (47 min)
Mar 4 5 Tidy Data and basic data wrangling lesson videos (31 min)
Mar 11 6 More data wrangling and piping lesson videos (46 min)

Second cycle: Wednesdays from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Central (US) Time

Registration link

Instructor (Steve Baskauf) office hours information, or email steve.baskauf@vanderbilt.edu to arrange another time to talk.

Working session date Lesson Topic Web pages
Mar 17 1 Introduction, installation troubleshooting terminology (18 min) / programming environments (50 min) / installation videos (10 min) Stop on the page after the Installing Anaconda section.
Mar 24 2 Basics: Vectors and vectorized computing, packages lesson videos (50 min)
Mar 31 3 Lists and dataframes, tibbles lesson videos (40 min)
Apr 7 4 Missing data, basic stats, basic plots lesson videos (47 min)
Apr 14 5 Tidy Data and basic data wrangling lesson videos (31 min)
Apr 21 6 More data wrangling and piping lesson videos (46 min)

Intermediate Lessons (Introduction to data visualization with ggplot) - Spring 2021

TBD second half of semester

R Resources

Here’s a page of R resources that include a number of online lessons for R beginners.

O’Reilly for Higher Education books and videos (Vanderbilt sign-in required)

ICPSR data example

Bivariate tests example code - Requires installation of the MVN library lesson slides

Other sources of R resources on Vanderbilt’s campus

Data Science Institute (DSI) https://www.vanderbilt.edu/datascience/

Research IT https://research.vanderbilt.edu/researchadministration/about/research-it/

Digital Humanities (DH) Center https://www.vanderbilt.edu/digitalhumanities/

Software Carpentries (cosponsored by DiSC, Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Research IT, ACCRE, and the Data Science Institute)

TBD


Questions? contact Steve Baskauf


Revised 2021-01-21

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