Instructor: Ben Marwick
When: Thursday, February 23rd - 9:30AM PST
Duration: 120 Minutes
What you will learn: This is a course for novices who have never used R (or perhaps have been previously frustrated by it) and have no programming experience, but are intrigued by its potential and want to become more familiar. This is a hands-on, code-along course aiming to get you quickly to the point where you can do something useful. It will help prepare you to take advantage of the flexibility and efficiency that R can bring to your research. You will learn the key elements of the RStudio interface, how to get data (such as spreadsheets) in and out of R, how to explore data with summaries and visualizations, and how to do some analyses and statistical tests that are common in archaeology. We will also discuss the best places to go for help and more information.
Instructor Bio: Ben Marwick is an Associate Professor at the University of Washington, and a Senior Research Scientist at the University of Wollongong. His PhD is on stone artifacts and human ecology during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene in NW Thailand (Australian National University, 2008). He is currently active with research projects investigating past human-environment relationships in mainland Southeast Asia. A prominent theme in Ben’s research is opening the analytical workflow to improve transparency and reproducibility, key attributes of the scientific method. Ben is an expert R programmer, and has published and presented extensively on using programming languages for social science and archaeological research.