March 9, 2016

Get Experienced

Why R?

  • It's an open source programming language, so it's free, continually improving, and easy to develop new applications
  • versatile graphics
  • plenty of statistical functions and packages
  • widely used in biostatistics
  • did I mention it's free?

Where to Get R

Using R

Running R

R statements can be run

  • immediately in the Console window
  • as a block of statements from the Script window
  • as an entire script

Try this example.

R Studio

Be more productive with an integrated development environment.

RStudio IDE is a powerful and productive user interface for R. It's free and open source, and runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux.

R Markdown

This literate programming tool is embedded in RStudio.

This is an R Markdown presentation. Markdown is a simple formatting syntax for authoring HTML, PDF, and MS Word documents. For more details on using R Markdown see

When you click the Knit button a document will be generated that includes both content as well as the output of any embedded R code chunks within the document.

This presentation was written using RMarkdown.

An R Markdown Example

Teach Yourself R

There's plenty of resources online