Workshop Enrollment: Introduction to R: A Step-By-Step Approach to the Fundamentals

A 4-Module Online, Interactive Workshop

Starts Tuesday, June 9, 2020

As a researcher, it’s critical for you to know more than one stat software.

And R is a great “backup” program because it’s versatile, flexible, and FREE.

R is virtually limitless… once you learn its quirks and ins and outs.

In fact, R is so popular that it’s used by over 5 million people… and you can become one of them. No, really!

Maybe you’re a bit nervous about tackling a programming language…

Maybe you wonder if using a command-line program will be too difficult…

Maybe the idea of learning a programming language has scared you…

But… it doesn’t have to be that way! You CAN learn R, and here’s your very first step.

I’m Kim Love, workshop instructor.

My goal is that by the end of the workshop, you’ll conquer your fear of the command line and be familiar with its large and rapidly growing range of abilities. You’ll learn how to perform professional-level data analysis and create superb graphics, all while learning R syntax that you can store, annotate, and adapt for your own analyses.

Kim LoveKim Love, PhD

In this four-module live, online workshop, we’ll cover:

  • An overall orientation to R
  • Ways to interface with R
  • How R "thinks"
  • Reading in and writing data files
  • Using basic summary statistics, and creating basic graphics to accompany them
  • How to address missing data
  • Reorganizing data sets
  • Advanced plotting
  • Basic analyses
  • Sharing R results
  • And more!

Who Is This Workshop For?

This workshop is suitable for students and professionals.

This workshop is for you if you:

  • Wish to learn to use R, and want to expand your knowledge of general data analysis and statistical modeling
  • Want a free option to backup or replace expensive menu-driven programs
  • Have heard the hype about R but thought it was too complicated
  • Have tried tackling R before but have gotten frustrated or lost and want another go at learning it in a supportive, step-by-step environment

It is NOT for you if you:

  • Are complete statistics beginner. You should already understand hypothesis testing, descriptive statistics, and basic data manipulation.
  • Have already used R extensively and want to learn advanced skills.

“It was great to see someone using R ‘live’ to see how it works.”

— Cate Bailey, Casual Research, Faculty of Health, Deakin University, Previous workshop participant —

How Does It Work?

This course is an 4-module live, interactive online workshop.

All lessons are conducted online via live webinar. You’ll see the instructor’s screen to view the presentation…all from your own home or office.

During each webinar session, the instructor will cover core concepts and steps and will leave plenty of time to ask your own questions.

Have more questions? No problem!

In addition to the eight lessons, you’ll also meet with your instructor for eight additional Q&A sessions where you can get additional assistance on workshop concepts, deepen your knowledge, and clarify any questions.

All 4 Workshop Sessions and 4 Q&A Sessions Are Recorded for Your Convenience.

Where Do I Access Recordings and Material?

For each of the four modules, you will have a set of training resources and material.

As a participant of the Introduction to R workshop, you can access these for 12 months in our participant-only website.

Data Sets
Real research data sets in SPSS, SAS, Stata, Mplus, and csv formats.

Exercises + Solutions
Try out what you’ve learned in each module to cement the material. Never get stuck with provided syntax and interpretations.

Syntax and Demo Videos
Step-by-step videos for Mplus, AMOS, SAS, Stata, and R. Available to download so you can save and edit them for your own analysis.

Forum Access
Ask your instructor about workshop content or how to apply it to your own data analysis.

Handouts
Session slides and supplementary material to support your learning.

Q&A Recordings
Can’t make a live Q&A? Submit questions ahead of time and get answers from the recording.

Session Recordings
Made available within 48 hours so you can review material at your preferred schedule.

Suggested Resources
External videos, articles, or exercises that we recommend to support your learning.

You’ll have access to this site and all the related materials and resources for ONE FULL YEAR. That means you can re-watch sessions and ask additional questions again during that 12-month period.

Often, our students report they understand the material at a deeper level on a second or third pass. You’ll learn more every time, so take advantage of it!

“I’m a new R user; it just gave me another motivation why I need to learn it further. Great work.”

— Essam Alshreafi, Network Optimization Manager, Danone North America, Previous workshop participant —

What’s Covered in the Workshop?

Module 1: Getting Acquainted with R

  • Ways to interface with R – Basic R GUI, R commander, R Studio, scripts
  • How R "thinks" – R objects and interacting with them (vectors & matrices and their elements, intro to data formats)
  • Basic R mathematical functions—Using R as a calculator
  • Reading in data files—read.table, read.csv, packages like foreign that read files from other statistical packages
  • Writing data files—write.table, write.csv

Module 2: Statistical Basics

  • Basic summary statistics—univariate and bivariate, scale and categorical
  • Basic graphics to accompany summary statistics—boxplots, histograms, bar graphs, pie charts

Module 3: Advanced Plotting and Data Manipulation

  • Advanced plotting—R plot function and related functions, ggplot2
  • Reorganizing data sets—adding observations, adding variables, subsetting
  • Missing data—summarizing and working around it

Module 4: Inferential Statistics and Sharing Results

  • Basic analyses—t-tests, ANOVA, general linear models, chi-square tests
  • Sharing R results—markdown, Rdata files, rds files

Dates and Times

There are four workshop modules, each with a lesson and a Q&A session (plus supporting materials).

We will meet on Tuesdays at Noon, US Eastern. The workshop sessions are approximately 2 hours long, including time for questions.

Workshop Orientation (Optional):

Monday, June 8, 2020 from 12 Noon to 1pm (GMT-4)

Live Workshop Dates: Tuesdays from 12 Noon – 2pm (GMT-4)

Module 1 – June 9

Module 2 – June 16

Module 3 – June 23

Module 4 – June 30

Q&A Session Dates: Mondays from 12 Noon to 1pm (GMT-4)

Module 1 – June 15

Module 2 – June 22

Module 3 – June 29

Module 4 – July 13

Remember, everything is recorded and available for you to watch at your convenience, should you be unable to attend a live session.

Also, you have access to all the class materials for a full 12 months from your enrollment date.



 

Full Workshop Investment: $297

(student discount available)

Pay in Full or in 3 installments of $99 (Your first installment will be billed today and your credit card will automatically be billed every 30 days for the remaining 2 payments)


About Your Instructor

Hi, I’m Kim Love, Ph.D., your workshop instructor and owner of and lead consultant at K.R. Love Quantitative Consulting and Collaboration.

I have worked as a statistical consultant and collaborator in multiple professional roles, most recently as the associate director of the University of Georgia Statistical Consulting Center.

I have more than a decade of professional and academic experience in the fields of regression and linear models, categorical data, generalized linear models, mixed effects models, nonlinear models, repeated measures, and experimental design. I have a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Virginia, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in statistics from Virginia Tech.

While I enjoy working with all my clients, I particularly enjoy working with those who feel they have a less-than-perfect relationship with statistics.

My goal is to spread an appreciation of statistics across many fields of study, starting by making it understandable to those who interact with it.

Kim LoveKim Love, PhD

“For me, it was a good introduction to R, using simpler (well understood) statistical techniques that did not detract from the introduction to R.”

— Martin Watts, Ph.D., President, FORCOMP Forestry Consulting Ltd., Previous workshop participant —

Prerequisites

So what kind of background in statistics do you need?

This course starts out at a basic level. No, you don’t need a PhD in statistics… we know you’re a researcher, not a statistician.

We’re assuming you understand:

  • Statistical tests
  • Basic graphing
  • How to work with data and variables in any stat program

If you have questions about whether you’re ready for this class, just email us. We’ll give you our honest opinion. We want you to succeed!

Your Satisfaction Is Guaranteed

As with all of our programs, your satisfaction is guaranteed. Your registration fee is fully refundable for any reason up to the close of enrollment, no questions asked. Once the refund period ends and the workshop begins, we want you to be satisfied. If you participate fully in a workshop – watch, read, and try out what is included – and find you are not satisfied, we will give you a full refund. Just notify us within 90 days of purchasing the program.

FAQs

Q: I haven’t taken a statistics course in years. Will I be able to keep up?

A: As long as you have the suggested prerequisites (a strong understanding of linear regression), you should be fine.

However, you WILL need to spend some time each week, both going over the material and also “getting your hands dirty” with some data. Expect to spend 4-5 hours per week reviewing the material and doing the exercises, and re-running class examples on your own.

And if you have questions during the workshop, make sure to attend the Q&A sessions and/or post on the Workshop Center to clarify anything you’re not clear on.

You know how this goes: The more time you put in, the deeper your understanding.

Q: What’s your refund policy?

A: Your registration fee is fully refundable up to 72 hours before your first class session. No refunds will be granted after the program begins.

Q: Do you offer student discounts?

A: Yes, we do! Current students with a valid ID can register for up to 20% off the standard rate. Click here to receive our student discount on all our workshops: Student Discount List

Q: Things are very busy at work right now, and I’m afraid I won’t have time to keep up. How much time per week does this really take?

A: We’ve worked hard to make sure people can take a workshop in the midst of their normal work life. For longer workshops, we build in a week off halfway through the course.

Each workshop webinar session is about 2 hours, whether you attend live or listen to the recording.

Each week, we have a one-hour Q&A session. You don’t have to attend, we just make those available so you can have any questions answered or listen in on others’ questions.

We provide exercises, answers and data sets, so you can practice what you’ve learned each week and get help in the Q&As. These will take you a few hours each week, maybe up to 3 or so. The exercises aren’t required—you’re not graded. But we’ve gotten feedback that they’re very helpful, as it allows you to practice and figure out what you did and didn’t understand.

In other words, each week, there are approximately 2 hours of instruction, one hour of Q&A, and about 2-3 hours of practice time. So if you have a crazy hectic week during the workshop, you have catch up time. But If you have a crazy hectic month, you may be better off waiting as you won’t really have a chance to catch up.

One reminder: You have access to the workshop website, all materials, and a place to ask questions for a year. So if you get behind, you aren’t missing out. You can catch up on your schedule.

Q: I teach/work/sleep during this time and cannot attend live. Is there any way to register and access the webinar sessions later?

A: Yes! We have participants from many time zones with many different work schedules. In order to support our diverse student base, all material – including the workshop sessions and Q&As — are recorded and made available to students within 48 hours. They’re screenshot video files, so you’ll hear the instructor talking and see his screen, just as live participants do. You can even submit questions for written answers any time between sessions. Many students take the entire workshop in this manner, never attending a session live.

You can also download and keep these videos forever, so if you need to refresh your memory at any point in the future, it’s yours to review.

Q: I’m outside the U.S. Can I still participate?

A: Yes. We have participants in our workshops from many different countries. You will want a fast internet connection and either a computer speaker or a telephone if you plan to attend live.

Q: Can I pay with Paypal?

A: Yes. When you check out, you can pay directly using our system or paying with Paypal. However, the three-payment option is not available using PayPal.

Q: Can I join the Q&A webinars from my tablet or phone?

A: Yes. You can join all webinar sessions from your Apple or Android device by downloading a free GoToMeeting app.

Q: This really isn’t a good time for me. Will you be offering this workshop again soon?

A: We don’t have a set schedule for running each workshop. We try to schedule each workshop every 12-18 months, though very popular workshops may be offered more often. We are sometimes unable to re-run a workshop if the instructor becomes unavailable so there are no guarantees that any workshop will be run again.

If you think you’ll need the material in the next half-year or so, I would suggest registering now. You’ll get all the materials to download and review at your convenience, and you can attend again for free any time in the next 12 months.

Have additional questions? We’re here to help! Just email us at support@theanalysisfactor.com.