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Introduction to R and Statistical Computing


Admission requirements

Master students Psychology specialisation Methodology and Statistics.


R is a popular statistical programming environment, which provides a wide variety of statistical analysis tools, like data manipulation, model construction, simulations, and visualization. It can be used as data analysis software, but also as an effective programming language. In addition R, is available as Free Software, meaning it can be freely obtained (against no expense), underlying code can be viewed and alterations can be made to suit the likings of the researcher. Due to this open nature R is highly flexible and can easily be extended, either by adding packages or programming new functions. Therefore R contains an ever growing large collection of tools for data analysis, making it the primary workhorse of many researchers and a cutting edge environment for statisticians. More information about R can be found at

This course will give an introduction to R, handing a toolkit of theory and practice of the environment. Making it both possible to use R in a variety of statistical analysis, and creating a base for acquiring further knowledge and skill.

Course objectives

To acquire knowledge about the basic principles about R, with the following key aspects:

  • executing functions

  • fitting models

  • using (new) packages

  • (custom) graphs/visualization

  • handling data formats

  • basic programming

  • solving errors

  • simulating data


Introduction to R and Statistical Computing (2011-2012):

Mode of instruction

Computer lab sessions

Assessment method

Graded assignments.

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Master’s introduction and enrolment day

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Contact information

Cor Ninaber, MSc
Room: 3B23
Tel.: +31 (0)71 527 1989