Before attending the course we strongly recommend that trainees take the ‘R Programming’ course from coursera.org
. You will need to make an account with coursera (which is free), and then take the course on ‘R Programming’, which is estimated to take 30 hours. Completion of this course is not required, but is highly recommended for those who are not familiar with R. Interested trainees may also take the edX course ‘Statistics and R for the Life Sciences’
to supplement their R skills.
To participate in this course each trainee will want to have a computer of their own. We will provide a list of software that the trainee is to have installed on their computer before coming to the course. A sample snippet of code will be used to determine if the trainee has successfully installed the applications. If not, we will help. The goal is to come to the course with computers ready to be used for the data analysis and exploration sections we have devised. We will also provide our old course laptops for those who do not have a laptop of their own or for those who have issues we cannot fix. These will be pre-installed with working versions of all software.