Introduction to R: Basic R syntax

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In this Free Guided Project, you will:

Run your first code in the statistical programming language R

Learn how to create objects and vectors in R and assign values to them

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Clock1 hour
CloudNo download needed
VideoSplit-screen video
Comment DotsEnglish
LaptopDesktop only

This guided project is for beginners interested in taking their first steps with coding in the statistical language R. It assumes no previous knowledge of R, introduces the RStudio environment, and covers basic concepts, tools, and general syntax. By the end of the exercise, learners will build familiarity with RStudio and the fundamentals of the statistical coding language R.


No prior knowledge of R required

Skills you will develop

ArithmeticvectorsObjectsR ProgrammingBase Functions

Learn step-by-step

In a video that plays in a split-screen with your work area, your instructor will walk you through these steps:

  1. Learn about the statistical programming language R and  the RStudio environment. Execute your first lines of code in R

  2. Learn how to run basic arithmetic operations in R, and learn about functions in R, a few base functions in particular, and how to access their relevant documentation to learn more about how they work

  3. Create objects in R and assign them values. Use objects as inputs for functions in R, and store the outputs of these functions in new objects

  4. Learn about vectors and how to Create them. Run mathematical operations on vectors

  5. Create vectors with text characters. Use basic functions to create vectors, and learn about logical operators to compare values

How Guided Projects work

Your workspace is a cloud desktop right in your browser, no download required

In a split-screen video, your instructor guides you step-by-step

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