R for Data Science: Explore

The Jackson Laboratory


Tue & Thurs, July 14-23


Instructors: Amnah Siddiqa, Yuanxi Fu, Selcan Aydin

Helpers: Isabela Gerdes Gyuricza, Sue McClatchy

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General Information

R for Data Science will help you to learn some of the most important tools in R that will allow you to do data science. This hands-on workshop will cover data visualization, transformation, and exploratory data analysis. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You should have basic competence in R to participate.

Where: This training will take place online. The instructors will provide you with the information you will need to connect to this meeting.

When: Tue & Thurs, July 14-23. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.). They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Accessibility: We are dedicated to providing a positive and accessible learning environment for all. Please notify the instructors in advance of the workshop if you require any accommodations or if there is anything we can do to make this workshop more accessible to you.

Contact: Please email susan.mcclatchy@jax.org for more information.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct.

Collaborative Notes

We will use this collaborative document for chatting, taking notes, and sharing URLs and bits of code.


Please be sure to complete this survey after the workshop.

Post-workshop Survey


Tue July 14

13:00 Introduction to Data Exploration
13:15 Data Visualisation
14:25 Wrap-up
14:30 END

Thu July 16

13:00 Workflow: basics
13:15 Data Transformation
14:25 Wrap-up
14:30 END

Tue July 21

13:00 Workflow: scripts
13:30 Exploratory Data Analysis
14:25 Wrap-up
14:30 END

Thu July 23

13:00 Exploratory Data Analysis (continued)
13:45 Workflow: projects
14:25 Wrap-up
14:30 END


Programming in R

  • Data Visualisation
  • Data Transformation
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Reference...


To participate in a workshop, you will need access to the software described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.


R is a programming language that is especially powerful for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis. To interact with R, we use RStudio.

Video Tutorial

Install R by downloading and running this .exe file from CRAN. Also, please install the RStudio IDE. Note that if you have separate user and admin accounts, you should run the installers as administrator (right-click on .exe file and select "Run as administrator" instead of double-clicking). Otherwise problems may occur later, for example when installing R packages.

You can download the binary files for your distribution from CRAN. Or you can use your package manager (e.g. for Debian/Ubuntu run sudo apt-get install r-base and for Fedora run sudo dnf install R). Also, please install the RStudio IDE.