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Presented October 2, 2015

Introduction to R: For Absolute Beginners

Why Use R?

If you currently use another statistical package (SPSS, SAS, Stata, ect.), why learn R?-

  1. It's free! If you are a teacher or a student, the benefits are obvious
  2. Runs on a variety of platforms including Windows, Unix and Mac
  3. Unparalleled platform for programming new statistical methods in an easy and straightforward manner
  4. Advanced statistical routines not yet available in other packages
  5. State-of-the-art graphics capabilities

What you will be able to do after this workshop

  • Import data from various file types & save your work
  • Compute new variables & subset data
  • Run exploratory descriptives & create basic plots
  • Install and use packages
  • Conduct several types of statistical tests, including ANOVA & Regression
  • Plus…you will see what more R can do for you!

How to obtain R & RStudio




Install first

``Software Environment''

The brain

We won't work directly with it

Install second

``User Interface''

The go-between for us

Auto completes & color code

Video walk-through of both installations link:

Other Helpful Links


Coastal Carolina University


R Example Repository


R news & tutorials: broad coverage


Accessing the power of R (graphs)


Using R for psychological research


Workshop Materials