Basic Statistics using R (4th & 11th February)

This two day GRADskills workshop is open to staff and research postgraduate students; some places will be held for taught postgraduates.  Please note that you must attend both days (lunch is provided).  You will introduced to the important, basic ideas in data analysis, probability and statistics. Emphasis is placed first on exploratory methods for examining data using graphs, and summary statistics. Probability and distributions are then introduced and the course progresses to cover the elementary aspects of parameter estimation, standard errors, confidence intervals and hypothesis testing.

Request a place (day 1): https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=9137

Request a place (day 2): https://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/pdms/?CourseID=9138

Statistical theory and mathematics are kept to a minimum. The emphasis is on the concepts and how to apply the methods in R. It is assumed that participants have little or no previous knowledge of statistics, or have not done statistics for a long time. The course uses the statistical package R. No previous knowledge of R is assumed.

What previous participants have said about this course:

  • “The course was well-organised and clear and provided a useful overview of basic statistics. It was useful as a refresher of my previous experience and training with R. The exercises were particularly useful.”
  • “Very hands on – & extremely good explanations of what you are doing & why. Good grounding for next courses.”
  • “Introduction to R code was very useful – easy way in to quite an intimidating programme! Staff were very helpful. Also a good refresher on stats.”
  • “Well taught and clear – aimed at right level.”
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