How R you doing? Using the R platform for managing and analyzing ecological datasets
The last decade has witnessed the growth of open source software addressing almost every computing requirement. Not only have the open source software opened up avenues for students from the developing world to access cutting-edge technology, they have also put forth huge volumes of reference material and guiding information on the internet. The workshop ‘How R you doing?’ will demonstrate the advanced statistical and graphical capabilities of the open source R platform. This workshop will familiarize participants with some basic features of R and guide them how to open files, manage data and carry out simple statistical analyses with R. Most importantly, the workshop hopes to aid students to get through the steep initial learning curve for R and familiarize them with carrying out routine statistical analyses with R. Once they become comfortable with the R computing environment they would be better prepared to independently explore R further and use it for advanced analyses relevant to their specific requirements
Participants should install the following (and in sequence):
1. R [base package] from http://cran.r-project.org
2. Rstudio from http://www.rstudio.com/
Those using Linux/Ubuntu may have to follow a slightly different way of installing R and Rstudio. The instructions are given here: http://cran.r-project.org/bin/
In any case, as a backup we’ll have a few thumb drives and CDs ready with all the software. But it would save a lot of time if participants can have R up and running before the workshop.