Data Science: Statistical Programming with R

Organizing institution
Utrecht University - Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Course code
S24
Course fee (excl. housing)
€ 700.00
Level
Advanced Master
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R is rapidly becoming the standard platform for data analysis. This course offers an elaborate introduction into statistical programming in R. Students learn to operate R, form pipelines for data analysis, make high quality graphics, fit, assess and interpret a variety of statistical models and do advanced statistical programming. The statistical theory in this course covers t-testing, regression models for linear, dichotomous, ordinal and multivariate data, statistical inference, statistical learning, bootstrapping and Monte Carlo simulation techniques.

R is rapidly becoming the standard platform for data manipulation, visualization and analysis and has a number of advantages over other statistical software packages. A wide community of users contribute to R, resulting in an enormous coverage of statistical procedures, including many that are not available in any other statistical program. Furthermore, it is highly flexible for programming and scripting purposes, for example when manipulating data or creating professional plots. However, R lacks standard GUI menus, as in SPSS for example, from which to choose what statistical test to perform or which graph to create. As a consequence, R is more challenging to master. Therefore, this course offers an elaborate introduction into statistical programming in R. Students learn to operate R, make plots, fit, assess and interpret a variety of basic statistical models and conduct advanced statistical programming and data manipulation. The topics in this course include regression models for linear, dichotomous, ordinal and multivariate data, statistical inference, statistical learning, bootstrapping and Monte Carlo simulation techniques. 

The course deals with the following topics:
 
  • An introduction to the R environment;
  • Basic to advanced programming skills: data generation, manipulation, pipelines, summaries and plotting;
  • Fitting statistical models: estimation, prediction and testing;
  • Drawing statistical inference from data;
  • Basic statistical learning techniques;
  • Bootstrapping and Monte Carlo simulation.
The course starts at a very basic level and builds up gradually. At the end of the week, participants will master advanced programming skills with R. No previous experience with R is required.
 
Participants are requested to bring their own laptop for lab meetings.

This course is part of a series of courses in the Summer School Data Science specialization taught by UU’s department of Methodology & Statistics.  Please see here for more information about the full specialization. This course can also be taken separately

Summer School Data Science specialization:

Upon completing all courses in the specialization, students can obtain a certificate. Each course may also be taken separately.

Please note that there are no graded activities included in this course. Therefore, we are not able to provide students with a transcript of grades. You will obtain a certificate upon completion of this course.
 
For an overview of all our summer school courses offered by the Department of Methodology and Statistics please click here.

Course director

Dr. Gerko Vink

Lecturers

Dr. Gerko Vink

Target audience

Applied researchers and (master) students who already use statistical software and would like to learn to use, or improve their usage of the flexible R-environment. Understanding of basic statistical theory such as t-tests, hypothesis testing and regression is required. Participants from a variety of fields, including sociology, psychology, education, human development, marketing, business, biology, medicine, political science, and communication sciences, will benefit from the course. A maximum of 80 participants will be allowed in this course. Please note that the selection for this course will be done on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course aim

The course teaches students the necessary skills to understand how R works, and how to use R for a variety of statistical analysis of data in many domains of science. The skills addressed in this practical are:

  • working with the R environment
  • using R-functions for data generation, manipulation and summaries
  • making high-quality plots
  • Forming pipelines
  • Reproducible programming
  • Statistical inference 
  • Basic statistical learning
  • Fitting and interpreting a variety of statistical models
  • Programming of bootstraps and Monte Carlo simulations.

Study load

Five full days. A typical course day starts at 9.00 and ends at 17.00 with breaks for coffee, lunch and tea.

Costs

Course fee
€ 700.00
Housing fee
€ 200.00

Housing through Utrecht Summer School

Tuition fee for PhD students from the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences from Utrecht University will be funded by the Graduate School of Social and Behavioural Sciences.

Scholarships

Utrecht Summer School does not offer scholarships for this course.

Application

Write a short description about your (scientific) background, and what you do expect to learn from this course (or would like to learn).

More information

Irma Reyersen | E: ms.summerschool@uu.nl

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Registration

Application deadline: 19 June 2020