SoDA Workshop Series - Introduction to Data Science with R (Workshop 2: Basic Programming with R)

Workshop 2: Basic Programming with R
When Sep 07, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where B001 Sparks -- The Databasement
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-267-2720
Attendees All interested members of the PSU community are welcome to attend.
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Workshop 2: Getting Started with R Programming  

In workshop 2, we will get started writing our first R commands. In particular, we will learn about defining variables, writing comments, doing some basic math, comparing variables, and printing information to the R console. This is the stuff you'll use most often in your day-to-day workflow, and will form the foundation for the more advanced programming concepts we learn throughout this series.

General Information about the Workshop Series

Do you want to develop the skills to program and manage data using R? If so, this workshop series is for you! We will be meeting (almost) weekly for an hour throughout the semester to cover everything from basic R programming up through big data analytics and high performance computing. This workshop series will start with several weeks introducing R and basic R programming, so no prior experience is required (only a laptop). We will then move on to a series of workshops on reading in, cleaning, transforming, and combining multiple, complex datasets (including text and social network data) -- using our newfound R programming skills. Once we have the basics of data mangament down, we will cover web-based data collection, both from traditional web pages, and from the Twitter API. Finally, we will get into performance and scalability issues, and go over the steps for accessing the ICS cluster resources at Penn State.

These workshops will be offered (most) Thursdays during the Fall 2017 semester from 12:00-1:00 in Sparks B001 (The DataBasement). Directions to the DataBasement here: . Bring laptop! 

The instructor for the workshop is Matt Denny, who can be contacted at

Materials (including slides, video tutorial, and pictorial tutorial) for Workshop 1 (Introduction and Installing and Setting up R and RStudio, 8/31) are available on the workshop website: Materials for Workshop 2 will be posted to the site on Wednesday, Sep 6, and on Wednesday, or earlier, for each week with a workshop going forward.