Category Archives: Statistics

R courses at Newcastle

This announcement courtesy of Colin Gillespie one of our  lecturers in Maths and Stats (blogging here and Newcastle profile here):

The School of Maths & Stats are going to run two R courses this year (Thursday 7th & Friday 8th April 2011).
  • Course 1: Introduction to R. This course assumes no prior knowledge of R, programming or statistics.
  • Course 2: Programming with R. This course is a follow-on from the first course.
The aim of these courses isn’t to teach statistics, rather to introduce fundamental concepts of programming with R.

Places are limited, and on a first come, first served basis.

If anyone is interested please look at http://www.ncl.ac.uk/math/rcourse/ where they will find specific dates, more detailed information and costs.

R on Twitter

This came via the “R Project for Statistical Computing” group on LinkedIn, but it definitely seems there is a hashtag for all occasions these days on Twitter.  Today it’s largely been connected with the election fallout in Iran on Twitter, with massive trending topics and a significant segment on the Channel 4 news devoted to it.

Getting back to things of a more academic bent, for those of us interested in R, posting those 140 character frustrations, hints, tips and questions – these can be aggregated with the #rstats hashtag allowing you to search Twitter traffic for statistical topics of interest with ease.

I seem to be spending a lot more time with my head in R these days, my “BioConductor Case Studies” book has just arrived, and the chunk of the day that wasn’t spent cursing a fritzed ext3 partition on an LVM volume, or installing our new monster machine was spent in R, answering questions from my Maths and Stats summer student.