During the “Applied Data Science with R” open-to-public online training course you will learn how to apply the R programming language to carry out essential data management, wrangling and processing activities.
This course will introduce you to all basic concepts of data processing and analysis in R environment. More specifically, you will learn to understand different types of data and common data structures available in R language, prepare, transform and manage datasets and their variables, export/import data from various file formats (Excel spreadsheets, csv, tab, txt etc.), create simple graphical representations of the data (bar plots, histograms, box plots etc.), obtain summaries, data aggregations, cross-tabulations, frequency and pivot tables, and run and explain results of basic statistical tests e.g. correlations, t-tests etc. The course will also provide an introduction to modelling using multiple linear regression methods and will introduce you to data visualisation techniques available in R for data reporting and research communication.
The course will cover modern approaches in applied data science using R language and its rich ecosystem of external libraries including tidyverse family of packages e.g. dplyr, ggplot2, tidyr, readr, tibble and other essential R libraries for data wrangling and statistics.
Who is this course for?
This course is recommended for anyone interested in data science and R language who is looking for a thorough, structured and tutor-led online training provided by a recognised and experienced organisation.
The course will be particularly of interest for the following groups and categories of learners:
social researchers and social scientists with psychology, social sciences, medical science, biomedical science and similar background,
statisticians and data scientists who would like to add R to their set of data science tools,
undergraduate and postgraduate students,
business analysts, marketing analysts and data analysts requiring a thorough training in applied data science in R.
This training course is tutor-led – all online tutorials are presented live by our expert instructor, you can ask questions, discuss the topic and interact with other learners,
In total, this course includes 15 hours of live teaching which equates to a 3-day classroom-based training course with exclusion of tea/coffee and lunch breaks,
Exercises and tasks completed by you between the live tutorial sessions will help you in better material retention and will enhance your learning progress,
Small group size (up to 15 learners) allows easy interaction and stimulating environment for successful learning,
Email supervision and support provided during the course period maximises learning outcomes and improves your learning experience,
You will have access to additional self-paced online learning materials e.g. tutorial videos, exercises and quizzes, R code scripts used during tutorials, example datasets, optional and mandatory reading (e.g. blog articles, academic papers, industry reports), and other external recommended resources e.g. online books,
You will receive a course completion certificate upon successful submission of R coding exercises and quizzes,
You will be encouraged to network with other learners enrolled on the course – you will automatically become a member of the course forum/message board where you can ask general course questions and you will maintain your learner’s profile in which you can share your bio and social media links.
Your course instructor
Your instructor for this course will be Simon Walkowiak. Simon is a director at Mind Project Limited and a Ph.D. researcher in Artificial Intelligence at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (University College London) and the Alan Turing Institute in London. Simon holds BSc (First Class Honours) in Psychology with Neuroscience and MSc (Distinction) in Big Data Science. He conducts and manages research projects on implementation and computational optimisation of novel AI approaches applicable to large-scale datasets to predict human behaviour and spatial cognition. Simon is the author of “Big Data Analytics with R” (2016) – a widely used textbook on high-performance computing with R language and its compatibility with ecosystem of Big Data tools e.g. SQL/NoSQL databases, Spark, Hadoop etc. Apart from research and data management consultancy, during the past several years, Simon has taught at more than 150 in-house or open-to-public statistical training courses in the UK, Europe, Asia and USA. His major clients include organisations from finance and banking (HSBC, RBS, GE Capital, European Central Bank, Credit Suisse etc.), research and academia (GSMA, CERN, UK Data Archive, Agri-Food Biosciences Institute, Newcastle University etc.), health (NHS), and government (Home Office, Ministry of Justice, Government Actuary’s Department etc.).
This instructor-led course duration is planned over 6 teaching weeks.
In between the six weekly online live tutorials (2.5 hours long each) you will improve your skills by watching pre-recorded video tutorials at our Mind Project Learning Platform and working through set tasks (e.g. quizzes) as well as homework coding exercises which will require 4-6 hours of your time commitment per week (24-36 hours). We estimate that the total time commitment is 40-50 hours over 6 teaching weeks.
Start date: Thursday, 4th of February 2021 @10:00 am London (UK) time
Schedule of sessions: Every Thursday at 10:00 am London (UK) time for 6 weeks
Deadline for registrations: Monday, 1st of February 2021 @ 17:00 London (UK) time
Week 1: First steps with R language
- Introduction to R language, RStudio and the ecosystem of packages in R,
- Generating random data; logical and mathematical operations in R,
- Built-in R types and data structures,
- Data import/export to/from various file formats.
Week 2: Data wrangling with R
- Working with data frames, matrices, arrays and lists in R,
- Converting data between different types and classes; factors and ordered factors,
- Essential data wrangling operations: e.g. subsetting, filtering, renaming variables, recoding values and creating new data,
- Introduction to working with strings, dates and time stamps.
Week 3: Exploratory data analysis with R
- Measures of central tendency, dispersion/variability and other basic descriptive and summary statistics,
- Value counts, cross-tabulations and data aggregations with tidyverse,
- Plotting descriptives with ggplot2: basic examples of bar plots, line graphs and boxplots,
- Faceting – grouped and aggregated plots; multiplots (multiple plots on the same page); additional graphical settings, grid layouts and themes of plots produced with ggplot2 and associated R packages.
Week 4: Inferential statistics and hypothesis testing with R – Part 1
- Understanding hypothesis testing and traditional test assumptions e.g. normality and homogeneity of variances,
- Parametric and non-parametric tests of differences,
- Power and effect size calculation for inferential tests.
Week 5: Inferential statistics and hypothesis testing with R – Part 2
- Parametric and non-parametric tests of relationships,
- Introduction to linear and non-linear models,
- Analysis of Variance (ANOVA),
- Main effects, random effects and interactions.
Week 6: Linear and non-linear models with R
- Understanding multiple linear regression,
- Regression metrics and evaluation of multiple linear regression models,
- Non-linearity in regression models,
- Comparing regression models.
Course pre-requisites and further instructions
We recommend that you have the most recent version of R and R Studio software installed on your PC (any operating system). R is a free and open-source environment and you can download it directly from https://cloud.r-project.org/ website. RStudio Desktop (also free) is available at https://rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/. Please contact us should you have any questions or issues with the installation process. No specific R packages are required before the course (the course tutors will explain this during the training).
No prior knowledge of R is required from delegates enrolling on this course, however a keen interest in data analysis and some experience with data processing is assumed.
Your PC needs to be connected to a stable WiFi/Internet network (either home or office-based) and have Zoom video-conferencing application installed.
You will need at least one commonly used web browser installed on your PC (e.g. Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge etc.) to access our Mind Project Learning Platform.
The primary spoken and written language of the course is English.
You are encouraged to complete the online Learner’s Skills Inventory to allow Mind Project and our course tutors to customise the course teaching style depending on the level of attendees’ knowledge and their areas of interest. The data obtained through the Learner’s Skills Inventory will be held fully-confidential and will only be used to provide a quality statistical computing and data science training.
Discounts and multiple bookings
Early Bird Offer allows you to save up to 30% off the total course enrolment price (on top of other discounts). This offer is usually valid up until 3-4 weeks before the start of the course.
We offer 2 types of enrolment options:
- Regular Fee – full-priced enrolment for learners representing commercial organisations or self-funded individuals who do not meet our eligibility criteria for discounted rates (please see below),
- Discounted Fee – applicable to undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as representatives of registered charitable organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) – this category also includes employees of the National Health Service (NHS).
Students and individuals eligible for the Discounted Fee should submit a copy of their student or organisation ID card (with their name and card expiry date visible) when making the purchase of their place on the course for the discount eligibility verification purposes. Alternatively, the discount eligibility can be verified by submitting either i.) a copy of a letter from the university registrar or student’s department confirming your status, or ii.) a copy of a letter from your employer (on a company letter-headed paper with a charity/NGO registration number) which confirms your current position within the organisation.
Apart from the Early Bird Offer and discounted fees for students or employees of charitable organisations and NGOs, we are able to offer further discounts on the overall cost of your training if you wish to attend multiple related courses or enrol several delegates on this specific course. Please note that this offer is only available through our website.
- If you book 3 or 4 tickets on any of our tutor-led open-to-public online training courses, you will receive 5% discount on the total price of your booking.
- If you book 5 or more tickets on any of our tutor-led open-to-public online training courses, you will receive 10% discount on the total price of your booking.
All discounts are calculated automatically when tickets are added to the Cart. For bookings of 6 and more delegates on one course, we recommend that you contact us directly – we may be able to arrange a separate course just for your delegates at discounted rate.
Arrange this course at your organisation
This open-to-public online course is a more generalised version of our fully-customisable in-house / online training course “Applied Data Science with R”. If your delegates cannot attend this public course, or you are interested in arranging this training course explicitly for your delegates (or at your premises) or simply you need a bespoke, made-to-measure training solution, please request a quote for the in-house version of this course based on your specific needs and desired outcomes of the training.
You may email us directly at info(at)mindproject.io and include the following information in your enquiry:
contact details to a person who should receive the quote,
number of delegates you would like to train,
approximate number of online sessions (or half-days / full days for on-site in-house course) you would like to arrange the course for (including additional support/project guidance if needed),
location of the training venue if not online,
any details on course customisation or specific topics you would like the course to address – most importantly, please indicate desired outcomes of the course if different then presented above,
any other questions you may have.
If you don’t know the answers to questions above or you are at early stages of course planning, we would be happy to arrange an informal chat and help you choose the most suitable and budget-efficient option.