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Course 3: Introduction to R for Data Analysis

Dr. Johannes Breuer, Dr. Stefan Jünger

Date: 02.08 - 06.08.2021 ics-file

Location: Online via Zoom

About the lecturer - Dr. Johannes Breuer

About the lecturer - Dr. Stefan Jünger

Course description

[This is a 24 hour class.]
The open source software package R is free of charge and offers standard data analysis procedures as well as a comprehensive repertoire of highly specialized processes and procedures, even for complex applications. In addition to providing an introduction to the basic concepts and functionalities of R, we will go through a prototypical data analysis workflow in the course: import, wrangling, exploration, (basic) analysis, reporting.


Target group

Participants will find the course useful if they want to use R to wrangle, explore, visualize and analyse their data.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course participants will:
  • Be comfortable with using R and RStudio
  • Be able to import, wrangle, and explore their data with R
  • Be able to conduct basic visualizations and analyses of their data with R
    Organizational Structure of the Course:
     The best way to learn R is to try things out and apply the presented concepts. Therefore, we will have a mixture of lectures and hands-on exercises. More specifically, each topic will be introduced in a lecture by the instructors. Participants will then receive a set of exercises on each topic that they work on alone. The solution of the exercises will then be discussed before the start of the next lecture part.


  • prior experience with quantitative data analysis, basic statistics, and regression
  • experience with using other statistical packages (e.g., SPSS or Stata) is helpful, but not a requirement.
    Software and Hardware Requirements:
     Course participants will need a computer or laptop with R ( and RStudio installed ( Both programs are free and open source.

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