• Startdatum:
  • 16 januari 2025
  • Cursusduur:
  • 4 dagen
  • Werkzaam als:
  • Onderzoeker, PhD

Registration for this course will be possible at the end of October 2024.
If you are interested in this course, we can put you on our mailing list so you will be notified when registration is possible. If so, please send an e-mail to j.j.m.van_der_voet@lumc.nl.

Introduction
What we teach: R is an open-source, free environment/language for statistical computing and graphics. It provides a large repository of statistical analysis methods.

The goal of the course is to teach students how the R language, extended by tidyverse package, can be used to build a report with a simple statistical analysis of data provided in a table. The course assumes no prior programming knowledge. This is not a statistics course! *(see comment below on page). Elementary statistics knowledge is necessary to understand examples.

After the course you will be able to:

  • understand and write (tidyverse-based) R code;
  • know where to look for R methods to perform statistical analyses of your own data;
  • generate reproducible reports from your own data in HTML, PDF or DOC formats.

The following topics will be covered:

  • R expressions.
  • R data objects: vectors, data frames (tibbles), lists.
  • R Markdown for building reproducible reports.
  • Data manipulation: filtering, sorting, summarising of a table; joining/merging multiple tables (with tidyverse/dplyr and tidyverse/tidyr).
  • Visualisation: scatter plots, histograms, boxplots (with tidyverse/ggplot2).
  • R packages: installation and usage.

Course material / Course structure
All study materials are supplied electronically only. The material will be covered in lectures and practical sessions. 

Duration
The duration of the course is 4 days.
The lectures will take place on campus, in the LUMC, in Lecture Hall 3 and 4.

The course is divided in 8 half-day sessions. During these sessions, the teachers are continuously available for lecturing and support.
At the beginning of the week, 13 January 10.00 A.M., the teachers can be contacted to help with R and RStudio installation problems (see below).

THE SESSIONS #1-#7: PRACTICING
The course will be given a plenary setting. Each session is split into a few small topics, each introduced as follows:

  • a short video for introduction/demonstration;
  • a self-study practice session (with primary exercises and extra exercises) (during the online days with live/chat interactions);
  • (when needed) a short Q&A session.

The students are asked to type the commands being presented and observe effects (avoid copy-paste; own typing is important in order to learn how to respond to mistakes/errors).

THE SESSION #8: SELF STUDY ASSIGNMENT
A self study assignment (SSA) will be offered during the last (#8) session. A set of tasks will be provided to be solved within 2 hours. At the end there will be a general discussion with a Q&A session.

The overall SSA goal will be to prepare an R Markdown document reporting an analysis of a dataset. You will carry out the following steps:

  • create a RStudio project, knit a R Markdown document;
  • read a table which will be provided;
  • show some filtered/summarized content of the table;
  • produce some plots of the data.

Prerequisites
Participants must be able to use a laptop/computer capable of running recent RStudio.
See below for the RStudio Installation section.

Installation
Installation of R and RStudio software, including additional packages, is required before the start of the course. Please follow the instructions below.
NOTE: Resolving installation problems during the course may be impossible, therefore please follow the steps below a week before the start of the course. In case of failure, please inform the teachers. In some situations intervention of the administrator of your computer might be necessary.

  • Install R: go to the R Project for Statistical Computing (https://www.r-project.org/) and follow the download and installation instructions.
  • Install RStudio: go to the RStudio download page (https://www.rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/#download), select a version of RStudio appropriate for your laptop, download it and then install. Please check whether you can start RStudio.
  • CAUTION LUMC Windows users: Programs, such as R and RStudio may be installed on LUMC network drives instead of local drive 'C:'. In that case some functionalities may fail, in particular generation of R Markdown reports. A solution is to force the installation on your local drive such as 'C:', this however, may require administrator privileges which you may not have.  Alternatively you may consider a separate laptop which is not administered on LUMC network for the time being and try to resolve the issue later with your system administrator.

Some additional packages are needed for the course. During the course the participants will learn how to install packages but this process occasionally fails (because e.g.: additional steps are needed in a particular operating system, or there is lack of permissions to access some system directories, or other software is too old, …).

  • Install tidyverse package: Start RStudio. Go to menu Tools/Install Packages... In the field Packages select tidyverse. Press Install. (Now, a lot of messages will be shown in the Console window - wait till it finishes). In the Console window type library( tidyverse ) and press Enter. Some messages might be displayed but when there is no error the installation is completed.
  • Install packages needed for R Markdown: Start RStudio. Go to menu File/New File/R markdown.... A New R Markdown window is displayed. Press OK. Now, in case of missing R Markdown packages, you will be asked to install them. Finally, you will see an editor window with Untitled1 header. Put the cursor in that window, then click Knit. Some messages might be displayed but when later a window with some text and a plot is shown the installation is completed.

During the course applications in multiple windows will be used. For better experience we advice a setup with two monitors (e.g. laptop and an external monitor).

At the beginning of the week, on January 13th 10.00 AM, the teachers will be available for support to help with R and RStudio installation problems via a teams meeting. Your participation in this session is optional, so only attend this session if you encounter difficulties!

Certificate of Attendance
In order to obtain a proof of participation, participation in all lectures and practical sessions is required. If you have participated in the full course, you will receive a certificate of attendance within two weeks after the course.

Language
Course material and lectures are in English.

Target group
Master and PhD students in the bio-medical sciences.

Organizing committee / Teachers

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* Interested in another statistics course? Please visit our website to check out the various courses that are offered by Boerhaave Nascholing.

  OPTIONAL
  MONDAY 13 JANUARY 2025 - Zoom
10:00 Support session - Installation issues
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani

 

  CONCEPT PROGRAM
  THURSDAY 16 JANUARY 2025
LUMC - Lecture hall 4
08:45 Registration
09:00 Lectures (slot #1 - R and RStudio basics)
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani
12:30 Break  (lunch not covered)
13:30 Lectures  (slot #2 - Data structures 1/2)
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani
17:00 End of day 1   

 

  FRIDAY 17 JANUARY 2025
LUMC - Lecture hall 3
08:45 Registration
09:00 Lectures  (slot #3 - Data manipulation 1/3)
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani
12:30 Break (lunch not covered)
13:30 Lectures  (slot #4 - Data manipulation 2/3)
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani
17:00 End of day 2
  MONDAY 20 JANUARY 2025
08:45 Registration
09:00 Lectures (slot #5 - Data structures 2/2)
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani
12:30 Break (lunch not covered)
13:30 Lectures (slot #6 - Graphics)
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani
17:00 End of day 3

 

  TUESDAY 21 JANUARY 2025
08:45 Registration
09:00 Lectures (slot #7 - Data manipulation 3/3 and functions)
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani
12:30 Break  (lunch not covered)
13:30 Self-study assignment (slot #8)
Dr. Szymon Kielbasa, Drs. Ramin Monajemi, Drs. Mo Arkani
17:00 End of day 4
M. Arkani
Researcher, LUMC
Dr. S.M. Kiełbasa
Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Bioinformatics Center for Expertise, LUMC
R. Monajemi
Senior researcher, LUMC
LUMC
Albinusdreef 2, 2333 ZA Leiden

Building: Gebouw 1
Route: 764
Room: Collegezaal-3

Regular course fee € NTB
Reduced fee for PhD students LUMC  € NTB
Reduced fee for employees LUMC € NTB 
BA/MA students of the Leiden University  Free of charge *
BA/MA students of other universities (non Leiden University)   € NTB

* Limited places available. In order to validate your student registration, you must register with your student e-mail address and submit your student number on the registration form. In addition, a scan of your student pass will have to be submitted to boerhaavenascholing@lumc.nl. Please note that a € 50,- cancellation fee will be charged to students who do not attend the course (no show), or cancel their registration.

Please note that upon registration, you agree to our Terms and Conditions, including the stated cancellation policy. Administration fees may be charged upon cancellation.
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