R for Biologists course

R takes time to learn, like a spoken language. No one can expect to be an R expert after learning R for a few hours. This course has been designed to introduce biologists to R, showing some basics, and also some powerful things R can do (things that would be more difficult to do with Excel). The aim is to give beginners the confidence to continue learning R, so the focus here is on tidyverse and visualisation of biological data, as we believe this is a productive and engaging way to start learning R. After this short introduction you could use this book to dive a bit deeper.

Intro to R and RStudio

RStudio is an interface that makes it easier to use R. There are four windows in RStudio. The screenshot below shows an analogy linking the different RStudio windows to cooking.