The RStudio Interface

The goal of this lab is to introduce you to R and RStudio, which you’ll be using throughout the course both to learn the statistical concepts discussed in the course and to analyze real data and come to informed conclusions. To clarify which is which: R is the name of the programming language itself and RStudio is a convenient interface.

As the labs progress, you are encouraged to explore beyond what the labs dictate; a willingness to experiment will make you a much better programmer. Before we get to that stage, however, you need to build some basic fluency in R. Today we begin with the fundamental building blocks of R and RStudio: the interface, reading in data, and basic commands.

To get started, make an account at RStudio Cloud. Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to join our Class Space on RStudio Cloud by accepting this invitation. Once you accept, click the link on the left under Spaces called Stats Concepts. When you do, you should see a page like this: