SoDA Workshop Series - Introduction to Data Science with R (Workshop 8: Managing Multiple Datasets)

Workshop 8: Managing Multiple Datasets
When Nov 02, 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 8: Managing Multiple Datasets

In this workshop, we will begin to synthesize what we have learned so far and apply it to managing multiple complex datasets. The primary activity we will cover in this workshop will be a worked example managing 11 large relational datasets and extracting useful information from them using loops and conditionals. We will also make use of loops and lists to help us store and easily access the 11 datasets we will be working with. Finally, we will start to put our data management skills together with what we know about functions to automate and generalize the process of reading in and cleaning data.
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) are available on the workshop website: 

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