Computing in R

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R is a simple programming language for statistical computing. Due to its simplicity, flexibility and the large variety of statistical functions available in R, it is a popular alternative for programs like SPSS. However, for a beginner mastering R can be rather difficult. This course helps the PhD candidate to become familiar with the basics of R. After the course the PhD candidate will be able to write short programs in R for basic data analyses and for plotting high-quality figures.

This course is part of the 'Systems Medicine' training program that includes the courses Bioinformatic, Bioinformatics Sequence Analysis, Systems Medicine, E-science, Computing in R and Unix.

The course is given twice a year on two consecutive days and consists of a mix of lectures and computer exercises in a morning session (9.30 – 12.30) and an afternoon session (13.30 – 16.30). If you already have some experience with R, you are encouraged to take your own clinical or omics data with you and bring what has been learnt into practice on this dataset during the 2nd afternoon session.

Scheduled dates:
September 18 and 19, 2017
expected March 26 and 27, 2018

Topics covered are:
1. Installation of R and its packages
2. Data import and export
3. R syntax: data structures and functions
4. Graphics in R
5. Documentation and help
6. Data manipulation
7. Simple statistical functions: model fitting
8. Programming in R

Target Audience:
AMC PhD candidates. Note that the focus of this course is not on statistics. The AMC Graduate School provides the courses Practical Biostatistics and Advanced Topics in Biostatistics for PhD candidates interested in learning more about the principles of biostatistics.

The course is given in English, unless all participants understand Dutch. Course material is provided in English

To qualify for the certificate, a participant must attend all lectures and workshops, and complete all assignments satisfactorily. Attendance is registered.

Study load:
12 hours, which is comparable to 0.4 ECTS points.

Number of participants:
Maximum 40 per course.

No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates.

Course coordinator:
Dr.Ir. P.D. Moerland / Dep. of Clinical Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics (KEBB)/ / tel. +31 (0)20 566 4660.

More information:
From AMC Graduate School / / room J1A-112 / tel. +31 (0)20 566 4618

Course Administration

Marjanne Meinsma
AMC, room M0-106
tel. +31 (0) 20 566 4618


AMC Graduate School
Tel: +31 (0)20 - 5663108