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R Forwards Workshop: Package Development for women and other underrepresented groups

October 2, 2019
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Date: Tuesday, 7th January, 2020, 10:30-15:30 Location: University of York, UK Forwards is the R Foundation taskforce on women and other under-represented groups and we are offering a free workshop designed for people who use R coding and want to learn more about creating impact from their code. It will cover package contribution and development… Continue reading R Forwards...

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Likert Scale Survey: from googleform to #rstats graph

August 4, 2019
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Likert Scale Survey: from googleform to #rstats graph

Many Biology students are interested in science communication or the public understanding of science and undertake projects in these areas. They often conduct surveys which include Likert-scale questions. This workflow will teach you how to set up a Google Forms survey with Likert scale questions, read the responses in to R and report on the results. It… Continue reading Likert Scale...

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An Introduction to Reproducible Analyses in R

June 30, 2019
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An Introduction to Reproducible Analyses in R

Earlier this week I had a lot of fun running a one-day workshop for the Royal Society of Biology titled “An Introduction to Reproducible Analyses in R”. It was intended to introduce researchers at all stages of their careers to using R to make their analyses and figures more reproducible. We ran the course because… Continue reading An Introduction...

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Royal Society of Biology: Introduction to Reproducible Analyses in R

May 23, 2019
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Royal Society of Biology: Introduction to Reproducible Analyses in R

Learn to experiment with R to make analyses and figures more reproducible If you’re in the UK and not too far from York you might be interested in a Royal Society of Biology course which forms part of the Industry Skills Certificate. More details at this link Introduction to Reproducible Analyses in R 24 June… Continue reading Royal Society...

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Introduction to Data Analysis in RStudio

January 23, 2019
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Introduction to Data Analysis in RStudio

I’ve just started doing one of my favourite parts of my job – teaching a term of Data Analysis in R to about three hundred Bioscientists in their first year of higher education. My blog last week included a figure of their expected level of enjoyment: However,  I find they become very competent in both statistics… Continue reading Introduction to...

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Using DataCamp reduces anxiety about learning R!

January 16, 2019
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Using DataCamp reduces anxiety about learning R!

I used DataCamp‘s excellent Introduction to R as Essential Prior Independent Study and found it made people a bit less worried about a term of R! I have a lot of fun teaching first year biology undergraduates but there are a few challenges in teaching data skills when they are not (perceived as) a student’s core discipline… Continue reading Using DataCamp...

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Adding different annotation to each facet in ggplot

November 6, 2018
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Adding different annotation to each facet in ggplot

Help! The same annotations go on every facet! (with thanks to a student for sending me her attempt). This is a question I get fairly often and the answer is not straightforward especially for those that are relatively new to R and ggplot2. In this post, I will show you how to add different annotations… Continue reading Adding different...

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Communicate your work with animated graphs in R!

July 25, 2018
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Communicate your work with animated graphs in R!

It’s easy to animate graphs in R In this post am I going to show you how easy it is to animate figures in R thanks to the great ggplot2 extension gganimate written by Thomas Lin Pedersen and David Robinson This is something you might want to do to increase the impact of your work… Continue reading Communicate your...

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R Code Anatomy

July 12, 2018
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It’s a challenge for an experienced user to remember what it was like to be totally new to R and come up with explanations that don’t draw on understanding developed subsequently. Terminology with which you have become very familiar is, in fact, jargon. So I asked a novice, Elliot, to explain a piece of code… Continue reading R Code...

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RStudio Anatomy

July 4, 2018
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RStudio makes R easier to use. It includes a code editor, debugging & visualization tools. I love it but when beginners launch RStudio they are sometimes confused by all the panes and tabs. Here I have tried to give a quick visual guide to the anatomy of RStudio for people new to R, coding and RStudio. I’d love… Continue reading RStudio Anatomy...

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