Data Science: R Basics

Harvard University on edX

Build a foundation in R and learn how to wrangle, analyze, and visualize data.

About this course

In this HarvardX data science course, you’ll dive into R, the most popular programming language for data scientists. You’ll cover functions and data types, then tackle how to operate on vectors and when to use advanced functions like sorting. You’ll also learn how to apply general programming features like “if-else,” and “for loop” commands, and how to wrangle, analyze and visualize data.
  • Basic R syntax
  • Foundational R programming concepts such as data types, vectors arithmetic, and indexing
  • How to perform operations in R including sorting, data wrangling using dplyr, and making plots
Type
Short Course
Experience Level
Beginner
Duration
8 weeks
Cost
Free

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What is a short course?

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Short courses are typically between 1 and 12 hours in duration, and in the case of guided courses (i.e. with live instructors), are sometimes spread over a number of days or weeks. Most short courses are self-paced, which means you progress through a series of videos and projects at your own pace.

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