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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.

You are also welcome to work through the lessons on your own at any time (no registration required).

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

Archive of past lessons

Beginners Lessons - Fall 2020

Second cycle: Thursdays from 11:00 AM - noon 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
Oct 15 1 Introduction, installation troubleshooting terminology (18 min) / programming environments (50 min) / installation videos (10 min) Stop on the page after the Installing Anaconda section.
Oct 22 2 Basics: Vectors and vectorized computing, packages lesson videos (50 min)
Oct 29 3 Lists and dataframes, tibbles lesson videos (40 min)
Nov 5 4 Missing data, basic stats, basic plots lesson videos (47 min)
Nov 12 5 Tidy Data and basic data wrangling lesson videos (31 min)
Nov 19 6 More data wrangling and piping lesson videos (46 min)

Intermediate Lessons (Introduction to statistical analysis) - Fall 2020

Fridays from 1:00 - 2:00 PM Central (US) Time

Registration link.

Working session date Lesson Topic Web pages
Oct 16 1 Factors and the t-test of means lesson videos (33 min)
Oct 23 2 Transformations and non-parametric tests lesson videos (25 min)
Oct 30 3 Continuous bivariate data lesson videos (47 min)
Nov 6 4 Analysis of variance (ANOVA) lesson videos (63 min)
Nov 13 5 Multiple regression  
Nov 20 6 Tests with discontinuous Y  

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)

3 to 5 PM, November 2-5 and 9-12. Topics include the Unix shell, command line Git, and introductory Python. To register visit this link.


Questions? contact Steve Baskauf


Revised 2020-11-06

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