Articles by melliferrari

R Forwards ?Package Development curriculum for women and other underrepresented people

August 20, 2021 | melliferrari

Emma Rand and Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel In September, we will be delivering a series of four online one-hour package development workshops. These are: Packages in a nutshell 20 September 2021 at 14:00 BST Register! Slides Setting up your system 21 September 2021 at 14:00 BST Register! Slides Your first package! 23 September 2021 at 14:00 BST… Continue reading R Forwards ?... [Read more...]

Likert Scale Survey: from googleform to #rstats graph

August 4, 2019 | melliferrari

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 ...
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An Introduction to Reproducible Analyses in R

June 30, 2019 | melliferrari

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. ...
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Introduction to Data Analysis in RStudio

January 23, 2019 | melliferrari

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 ...
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Using DataCamp reduces anxiety about learning R!

January 16, 2019 | melliferrari

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 ...
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R Code Anatomy

July 12, 2018 | melliferrari

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, ... [Read more...]

RStudio Anatomy

July 4, 2018 | melliferrari

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 ... [Read more...]

It’s easy to cite and reference R!

June 15, 2018 | melliferrari

Remember to reference R When people are new to using R and, perhaps, to referencing and report writing in general, they often don’t know they should cite and reference R and its packages. We do this for the same reasons we reference any thing else in any academic work. ... [Read more...]

Fun and easy R graphs with images

June 13, 2018 | melliferrari

Code for fun I feel passionately that anyone can learn some coding but many feel they lack natural aptitude for it. One of the things I always try to stress to those I am teaching is that it matters very much less what you do than that do you it. ...
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Not all common gulls are Common Gulls…

June 7, 2018 | melliferrari

 … and non-normally distributed data can be normal One of the underlying assumptions of many statistical methods is that the data (or the model residuals) are normally distributed. I teach students to evaluate this assumption with plots and normality tests. When they find their data do not seem to be normally ... [Read more...]

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