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Crash Course in R – A Gentle Introduction (RSS00.06) - Confirmed

This one-week online course covers the basics of programming in R: importing and exporting data; transformation, cleaning, analysis, and visualisation of data; producing publication-ready, quality graphs and tables to report your results; iterating certain workflows; as well as working in RMarkdown, which allows you to generate an entire research paper with RStudio.




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    This crash course covers all aspects of conducting quantitative research. You will learn how to import data, how to perform the necessary data cleaning and transformation steps, create subsets or merge your dataset with other external sources of data. Some of these steps might be a bit different depending on the type of data you intend to work with (numeric, character, categorical, date, etc.), but the course discusses these differences and shows examples of working with all of them. Knowing that some of you will come with some experience with other statistical software, we cover how to import and export data to proprietary (STATA, SPSS, etc.) formats. 

    The course does not cover statistical theory, but it will go through some applied tools for data analysis and hypothesis testing, such as comparing groups and regressions. Topics (and skills) of data visualisation form an inherent part of this course: relying on ggplot2, you will create scatterplots, illustrate temporal trends, present distributions in intuitive ways and express regression results concisely with coefficient plots. 

    A separate session is dedicated to using RMarkdown, an essential workflow allowing you to generate an entire research paper or report (as an HTML, PDF or Word file). Following a learning-by-doing approach, you will have a chance to solve coding exercises both in teams (in breakout rooms) and alone, and to test your newly acquired knowledge via assignments between sessions.

    After successful completion of this course you will be able to import and export data to/from R, conduct simple statistical analyses using R, visualize data, presenting patterns effectively and consicely, and transform, recode, label, merge and subset data in R. 


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    10 June 2024, 9 am
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    10 June 2024, 9 am - 14 June 2024, 5 pm
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    Radboud Summer School

    Online Course

    This online course covers all aspects of conducting quantitative research with R. You will learn how to:

    • import data into and export data from R; 
    • perform simple statistical analysis using R; 
    • visualise data; 
    • present patterns effectively and consistently;
    • transform, recode, label, merge and subset data in R.

    Online course

    This is an online course, which means that unfortunately the social activities of the Radboud Summer School do not apply to this course. In addition, the program will also differ from the weekly schedule published on the website. 

    Two weeks before the course starts you will be added to our online platform Brightspace, where the new times will be communicated.

    Daniel Kovarek

    Daniel Kovarek

    Daniel Kovarek is a Research Fellow at the European University Institute, at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the Central European University. He studies political behaviour at the voter and the elite level; his expertise lies in the intersection of political geography and distributive politics. Previously, he has been teaching a wide variety of graduate-level courses on quantitative methods, applied statistics, programming, research design, as well as comparative politics. His research has appeared in Research & Politics, The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science and Environmental Politics, among others.


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    • Regular: €699 (application deadline 13th of May)
    • Student & PhD's: €466 (application deadline 13th of May)

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