Introduces R, a freely available and widely used platform for statistical analysis. Covers reading, storing, and manipulating data; introductory graphics; basic statistical analyses; and fitting linear models. Credit/no-credit only.
Covers a basic introduction to the open-source and widely used R statistical programming language. FISH 552 is run in the first half of the Fall quarter, following by FISH 553 (Advanced R) which is run in the second half of the Fall quarter. Many students take FISH 552 and FISH 553 in the same quarter.
Student learning goals
Run simple statistical analyses in R
Load and manipulate data in R
Write simple programs in R
General method of instruction
Each 2 hr period is a combined lecture / lab in a computer lab. Lectures will be interspersed with classroom exercises in R.
Download and install R, and Rstudio to your personal computer. No required textbook but Beckerman & Petchey "Getting started with R" is a simple introduction.
Class assignments and grading
Weekly homework to practice R coding.