Intro to R

  • Event: 2016 CAR Conference
  • Speakers: Coulter Jones of The Wall Street Journal; Amelia McNamara of University of St. Thomas
  • Date/Time: Saturday, Mar. 12 at 9:00am
  • Location: Matchless
  • Audio file: No audio file available.

Add statistical heft to your reporting by using R, a free, powerful open-source programming language. By the end of this two-hour session, you will be able to take raw data, import it into R, and start your analysis. Topics will include basic data importing, working with directories, reading in data, installing packages, creating simple visualizations, and how to clean, explore and sort your data. We'll also talk about how to find help when you're stuck.

This session will be most helpful if: you’re comfortable working with data and you’re ready to take your skills to the next level.

Speaker Bios

  • Coulter Jones is a reporter who specializes in using data analysis, programming and open records to report compelling stories. Before joining The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Jones worked as an investigative and data reporter for MedPage Today, New York Public Radio, The Center for Investigative Reporting and newspapers in Pennsylvania. @coulterjones 

  • Dr. McNamara is an assistant professor of statistics in the Department of Computer Science at the University of St Thomas in Minnesota. She is interested in how journalists use tools to work with data. @AmeliaMN

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  • Intro to R
    Add statistical heft to your reporting by using R, a free, powerful open-source programming language. This tipsheet will teach you to take raw data, import it into R, and start your analysis. Topics will include basic data importing, working with directories, reading in data, installing packages, creating simple visualizations, and how to clean, explore and sort your data. It will also talk about how to find help when you're stuck.