An introduction to R, WS 2017/2018

Lecture with Exercises: (3 ECTS, 2 SWS)

Title: An introduction to R

Instructors: Dr. Noémie Becker, Dr. Sonja Grath, Prof. Dirk Metzler

Contents: R is a widely used tool for analysing data in biology. Therefore it is important to learn it. R is a free statistics software and can be downloaded from In the lecture students learn the necessary theoretical background for using R. They will become familiar with the basic data structures and control flows of the R programming language. In the tutorial, the students become familiar with R, by first trying simple commands and then learning to perform basic data analyses and to write simple program scripts.

Time: Winter semester 2017/18: March 5, 2018 till March 16, 2018
Room: B 00.019 Time: 9:00-12:00
The afternoons are for preparing the exercises in rooms C00.005, G00.037 or D00.009.

The final exam will be on March 16 at 10:00 am in room B00.019.

The make-up exam will be on April 6 at 10:00 am in room G00.001.

To take the make-up exam you need to register by e-mail to Sonja Grath before March 25.

For both exams, you will have 90 minutes to answer the questions. Participants can bring their personal assortment of formulas or notes on an A4 sheet. This A4 can have any contents on both sides BUT ONLY IN YOUR OWN HANDWRITING! (no copy, not print-out, not another person's handwriting)


The course syllabus can be downloaded here: Syllabus

The handouts may contain only a summary of the contents of the slides shown in the lecture. More detailed explanations are given on the whiteboard and with practical demonstrations during the lectures. The questions in the exam refer to the whole content of the course including lectures and exercises.




Requirements: Basic understanding of statistics will be helpful.

Language English

LSF-Link An introduction to R (Lecture with exercises) (English)

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web page last updated: Sonja Grath, March 7, 2018

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