Statistics With R

A 3-Day Remote Seminar Taught by Andrew Miles, Ph.D. 

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R is a free and open-source package for statistical analysis that is widely used in the social, health, physical, and computational sciences. Researchers gravitate to R because it is powerful, flexible, and has excellent graphics capabilities. It also has a large and rapidly growing community of users.

This course is designed as an introduction to R for those who are looking to use R for applied statistical tasks. Topics include data coding and management as well how to perform basic descriptive, bivariate, and multivariate analyses. We will also address the fundamentals of programming in R, using plots to explore data, and how R can simplify the process of exporting the results from statistical analyses. Time permitting, we can also discuss other topics of interest to course participants. To be clear, this course does not teach the principles of data management or statistical analysis. Instead, it assumes prior knowledge of these topics and focuses on explaining how they can be implemented in R.

Starting October 14, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, remote workshop. Each day will consist of a 4-hour live lecture held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

Each lecture session will conclude with a hands-on exercise reviewing the content covered, to be completed on your own. An additional lab session will be held Thursday and Friday afternoons, where you can review the exercise results with the instructor and ask any questions.

*We understand that scheduling is difficult during this unpredictable time. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for two weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously.

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions.

More Details About the Course Content

There is no way to cover all the possible uses of R in a single course, so an important theme will be helping participants understand the fundamentals of how R “thinks” so that they can begin to use R independently. For this reason, the course focuses on basic R functions and practical issues like interpreting output and getting help. After this course, participants will be well-equipped to tailor R to the sort of work they do.

This course is thoroughly hands-on. Participants are encouraged to write code along with the instructor, and to participate in the carefully-designed exercises that will be interspersed throughout the seminar. By the end of the course, participants can expect to log more than a dozen hours of guided practice coding in R.


To participate in the hands-on exercises, you are strongly encouraged to use a computer with the most recent version of R installed. Participants are also encouraged to download and install RStudio, a front-end for R that makes it easier to work with. This software is free and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux platforms.

Who Should Register?

This course is for anyone who wants to learn R. No prior knowledge of R is assumed, though those lacking experience with any type of statistical coding language might find the course more intensive (but doable!). You should also have prior experience with data management, and a basic understanding of fundamental bivariate and multivariate statistics including linear regression and the generalized linear model.


Day 1Working with R, Working with Data
Introduction: R Basics
Data Basics

  • Importing and Exporting Data
  • Basic Data Structures in R
  • Recoding Data

Essential R Skills

  • Understanding R’s Functions and Help Files
  • Writing Understandable R Code (nesting vs. tidyverse pipes)

Day 2Exploring and Analyzing Data in R
Exploring Data

  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Exploratory Data Plots

A Few Bivariate Techniques

  • Classic Tests (t-test, chi-square test)
  • Bivariate Plots

Linear Models

  • Detecting and Correcting Problems
  • Predictions

Day 3Practical R Skills (for the Busy Researcher)
Generalized Linear Models
Visualizing Model Results

  • Control Structures (if/else statements, loops)
  • Writing Functions
  • Functional Coding

Sharing Your Work

  • Getting Results Out of R
  • From Start to Finish with R Code

Reviews of Statistics with R

“This course was comprehensive and more than just an introduction course. With perfect pace, this course teaches you how R handles data, how to examine data, how to analyze data (using basic analyses), how to use functional coding, and how to maximize your efficiency with R. I learned far more about R in these three days than I have learned through any other means for any period of time. Dr. Miles is fantastic. It is truly worth every cent and more.”
  Logan A. Yelderman, Prairie View A&M University

“This is one of the best introductory programming courses I’ve taken. The instruction was clear and well-organized. The instructor was great at teaching and providing super clear directions/explanations on what can be a complicated program to understand. I’ve found R difficult to grasp before this course and now feel I have a foundational understanding of R programming. The instructor is great at assisting students with questions and incorporating in-class exercises to break up the lecture and apply the skills you’ve learned or see what’s still tripping you up.”
  Larisa Burke, University of Illinois at Chicago

“Extremely helpful course for people who have no experience in using R. The course is well-paced and covers a wide range of functions and topics. I gained a lot of confidence through exercises in the course and feel more ready to take on projects.”
  Silvia Li, McMaster University

“I am competent with statistics but have had only a tangential experience with R. This course was a great introduction to the program and gave me a foundation on which to build and begin increasing my productivity.”
  Stanley Gehrt, Ohio State University

“Andrew was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was patient and very good at answering questions. I had no knowledge of R prior to taking this course, and now I am confident that I can use it for my course and research (of course, with more practice at home). The textbook was also excellent.”
  Aki Roberts, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

“This is a great course for learning the basics of R. I took this course after completing a few doctorate-level epi & stats courses. This helped to put many things into perspective. It will also help with my research and dissertation.”
  Daryle M. Blackstock, City University of New York

“This course has given me the confidence to start using R. I have taken several R courses online but because of competing priorities in the office, I couldn’t dedicate enough time to them or couldn’t even understand them. It was great to have a classroom setting with individual attention. The exercises really help to reinforce the knowledge.”
  Brad Wohler, Florida Cancer Data

“A good basic course in R. The instructor was super helpful and really good at explaining complex ideas so they seem simple.”
  Hlin Kristbergsdottir, Reykjavík University

“Andrew was an incredible teacher, very detail-oriented and knowledgeable. He provided exercises throughout the workshop to allow us to practice and truly understand what we were learning. He is incredibly approachable as well. 10/10 would recommend and do again.”
  David Bodenstein, University of Toronto

Seminar information

Thursday, October 14, 2021 –
Saturday, October 16, 2021

Each day will follow this schedule:

10:00am-2:00pm ET (New York time): Live lecture via Zoom

4:00pm-5:00pm ET: Live lab session via Zoom (Thursday and Friday only)

Payment Information

The fee of $895 includes all course materials.

PayPal and all major credit cards are accepted.

Our Tax ID number is 26-4576270.