Jun 23-24, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Instructors: Jennifer Shelton, Sue McClatchy, Narayanan Raghupathy
Helpers: Judy Yau, Larry Jacobs, Xingyao Chen
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Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic R concepts and tools including program design, plotting, functions, loops and conditionals, and command line programming. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.
For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".
Who: The course is open to Jackson Laboratory employees and is aimed at all academic levels from undergraduate to senior faculty. No prior programming experience is expected or required. We will create a supportive environment in which instructors assist with programming exercises and participants help one another. For this reason on-site (rather than remote) participation is required.
See the campus map where building 1 is shown in dark blue. We'll be in the wing labeled 01e. The training room is located on the first floor near the bottom of the stairs.
Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed (listed below). If you are using a lab owned machine please have these installed by IT before the course. IT can install required software quickly and easily, but your instructors will not be able to do so. Participants are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.
Contact: Please mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
|Welcome and introduction to RStudio
|Analyzing patient data
|Analyzing multiple data sets
|Best practices for using R and designing programs
|Dynamic reports with knitr
|Making packages in R
|Publication quality graphics with R
|Wrap-up and next steps
Data files: inflammation data.
We will use this Etherpad for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.
To participate in this Software Carpentry workshop, you will need access to the software described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser. If you are using a lab owned laptop please ask IT to install software for you before the workshop. Your instructors don't have administrative rights to your computer and can't install software for you.
Bash is a commonly-used shell that gives you the power to do simple tasks more quickly.
Install Git for Windows by downloading and running the installer. This will provide you with both Git and Bash in the Git Bash program.
The default shell in all versions of Mac OS X is bash, so no
need to install anything. You access bash from the Terminal
/Applications/Utilities). You may want to keep
Terminal in your dock for this workshop.
The default shell is usually Bash, but if your
machine is set up differently you can run it by opening a
terminal and typing
bash. There is no need to
When you're writing code, it's nice to have a text editor that is
optimized for writing code, with features like automatic
color-coding of key words. The default text editor on Mac OS X and
Linux is usually set to Vim, which is not famous for being
intuitive. if you accidentally find yourself stuck in it, try
typing the escape key, followed by
:q! (colon, lower-case 'q',
exclamation mark), then hitting Return to return to the shell.
nano is a basic editor and the default that instructors use in the workshop. To install it, download the Software Carpentry Windows installer and double click on the file to run it. This installer requires an active internet connection.
nano is a basic editor and the default that instructors use in the workshop. It should be pre-installed.