Introductory Statistical Analysis using R

This workshop is designed for people who have very little experience with statistics. We strongly recommend that participants view our Basic Data and Research Skills workshop on our Cornell VOD Page beforehand. We will focus on the basic analyses, procedures and best practices that any researcher should consider when faced with a new dataset. All this will be explored in a hands-on fashion using the free statistical software package R.

Topics that will be covered include:

  • Understanding variable types
  • Creating and recoding new variables
  • Exploratory univariate data analysis and summary statistics
  • Bivariate data analysis
  • Graphing and visualizing data
  • Finding help and reading documentation


Downloading R and R Studio:

If you intend follow along with the R coding during the workshop, please make sure that you have the latest version of R and RStudio installed.

First, you will need to download and install R. R can be downloaded at:

Next you will need to download and install RStudio. We will use RStudio in this workshop. You can download RStudio at: