These are the course notes for a half-day introduction to R, given by the Monash Bioinformatics Platform as part of Monash University’s Data Fluency initiative.

R is both a programming language and an interactive environment for doing data science. Today we will be concentrating on R as an interactive environment. This will be just a small taste of R, after today there will still be much to learn about R as a programming language and as an environment for data science.

We will be using RStudio, a friendly front end to R. On the day, we will be using RStudio from the web, but you can also install R and RStudio on your laptop. Both R and RStudio are free.

File used in this workshop

Introductory slides


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This course is developed by the Monash Bioinformatics Platform, with material by Paul Harrison and Nick Wong.

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