Practical Introduction To R – Course Description

This course is a practical hands-on introduction to R for business analysts. It will help you get started with R and use it productively. It teaches what you are most likely to need in your daily work; loading, cleaning, tidying, visualising and transforming data to calculate results, gain insight and generate reports.

No previous knowledge of R is required to join the course.

This a 2 day workshop. Both days are full days between 9am and 5pm. Each day will have several sessions.  The format will be 25% lecture, 25% demo and 50% hands-on exercises.

Location is Central London.

Dates are mid September (exact date TBC)

The sessions include:

  • download and install R and R Studio
  • load data from flat files and Excel spreadsheets and databases into RStudio
  • clean data e.g. handle missing values
  • explore and visualise data – build a few charts
  • transform data to gain insight and calculate results – filter, group, sort and calculate
  • export and save data to CSV, Excel and databases
  • build reports
  • use R with Power BI and Tableau
  • improve charts to make them publication quality (with themes, labels color palettes, facets)
  • manipulate text and strings

We’ll use a variety of free public datasets in all the exercises.

There will be a final session (mainly lecture format) which will be an “whetting your appetite” awareness session of the more advanced and powerful capabilities in R including:

  • build predictive models
  • text mining
  • call web services (such as those for text analytics)
  • scrape data from web pages
  • analyse financial time-series applications

£395 (early bird, before 5th September)
£495 after 5th September

You will need to bring your own laptop. If this is a problem, let me know – I have a few laptops to lend out if necessary. I will provide joining instructions a week or so before the course which will explain how to install R and RStudio, the tool we will use to write our R scripts (both free). The first session of the course will explain how to download and install these but it will help if most people have already done this.

There will be a maximum of 15 people on the course.