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Technical and Research Skills: Packages

An Introduction to the R Packages for Statistical Analysis

1/2 day

'R' is one of the best statistical packages available. It also happens to be Open Source software - free to download (via and very well documented. 'R' comes with a base package of standard statistical tasks but other packages (including interactive ones) are easily downloaded from the thousands which are available.

Amongst its strengths are:

  • numerous standard and state-of-the-art statistical procedures including those dealing with non-numerical data
  • comprehensive documentation – from beginners’ to technical level and including examples using built-in data sets which you can run and modify for your own purposes
  • excellent graphics capacity (

On this half day workshop you will become familiar with loading data sets into R, summarizing them and navigating round some commands for doing useful operations such as making basic plots, running statistical tests and downloading/accessing other packages.

You will work with a variety of data sets from different subject areas during the earlier stages of the workshop. During the later stages there will be the opportunity to try out more advanced R packages/techniques and/or use your own data. If you need any further information about this or other aspects of the workshop, please contact the presenter at

Entry Requirements
Places on this workshop are open to staff members on a Research only contract, other staff groups are welcome to apply for a place and will be entered onto a reserve list, in the event of a place becoming vacant a week prior to the session commencing staff members will be offered a place. For further guidance please email

16 December 2015
13:30 - 16:30

10 February 2016
13:30 - 16:30

Computer Lab R23, Aberconway Building, Colum Road, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EJ
13:30 - 16:30

To book a place on either date please submit your booking request via Core Portal*
*Please note you will need to inform your line manager/principal investigator of your training request so that they can authorise it in the Core Portal. No automated email will be sent notifying them of pending training requests.

Provider: UGC
Target Audience: RS & PGR