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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, underlying code can be viewed and the researcher can make changes to suit his needs. 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 tool 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 (2012-2013):

Mode of instruction

Computer lab sessions

Assessment method

Graded assignments.

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Reading list

Enrolment and registration for the examination

Students need to enrol for the course via uSis at the Master enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. They have to further register for each examination. Students are not allowed to sit an examination without being registered. It is possible to register up as from 6 weeks to 10 calendar days before the examination


Course enrolment

Students need to enrol for the course via uSis on the master’s introduction and course enrolment day that takes place at the start of each semester. Please, consult the master’s agenda Psychology.

Contact information

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