1. Introduction

1.1 Required Software and Files

R is available free for all operating system:

After installing R, download and install RStudio:


RStudio is an IDE (integrated development environment) for R. It improves the user interface and streamlines some tasks.

Finally, I’ve provided some workshop materials that include “blank” R versions of these tutorials, packaged together with required data files. These R scripts include comments but not code. I’ll be using these blank scripts during the workshop. You can download these scripts and fill them along with me if you choose.

Workshop Materials

1.2 The RStudio Interface

By default, RStudio has four individual panes: