Video: Getting staRted with R: An accelerated primer by Lyndon Walker – Melbourne R Users

This post shares the video from a talk presented on June 20 2012 by Dr
Lyndon Walker (see Meetup page).
The talk was titled “Getting staRted with R: An accelerated primer”.

To quote the outline of the talk :

R is a brilliant piece of software but learning it by yourself, particularly
if you have not used command line software before, can be daunting. This
presentation is aimed at introducing beginner to intermediate users of R to
some of the basic features of the program (through to programming a basic
function). Experienced R users are also encouraged to attend to help share
their knowledge and help the first-timers.

This presentation will be interactive, so if you are able to bring a laptop
with R ( ) already installed this will help you
participate (but is not mandatory). Two other handy pieces of software are
the R Studio development interface ( ) and the Tinn-R
text editor ( ), both of which help
you to organise and save your R code.

Lyndon Walker has been using R for nearly half his life. He studied and worked
at the UniveRsity of Auckland, the birthplace of R, and is currently a Senior
Lecturer in Applied Statistics at Swinburne University of Technology in

Creating an R package, using developer/productivity tools

Couple of R programming (mainly infrastructure/workflow) related topics discussed at the Los Angeles R users group in a tutorial/demo-like form (targeted mainly to beginners) by Szilard Pafka and Jeroen Ooms: how easy it is to create a simple package for your R code, the benefits of having your code in packages, documentation, automated testing and version control, the basic infrastructure R and some other software tools provide for this (CMD check, roxygen, devtools, RUnit/testthat, git/svn) and how an IDE can improve productivity.

Video (integrated slides+demo+audio) is embedded next, but we encourage you to watch it in higher resolution (especially the demo part).

More info on the meeting and about the Los Angeles R users group here. More meetings to come on further R programming and related topics such as programming with classes (S3/S4), debugging, more productivity tools etc.