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ONLINE COURSE – Data visualization using GG plot 2 (R and Rstudio) (DVGG02) This course will be delivered live
7 April 2021 - 8 April 2021£275.00
This course will now be delivered live by video link in light of travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
This is a ‘LIVE COURSE’ – the instructor will be delivering lectures and coaching attendees through the accompanying computer practical’s via video link, a good internet connection is essential.
TIME ZONE – UK local time (GMT+0) – however all sessions will be recorded and made available allowing attendees from different time zones to follow a day behind with an additional 1/2 days support after the official course finish date (please email firstname.lastname@example.org for full details or to discuss how we can accommodate you).
In this two day course, we provide a comprehensive introduction to data visualization in R using ggplot. On the first day, we begin by providing a brief overview of the general principles data visualization, and an overview of the general principles behind ggplot. We then proceed to cover the major types of plots for visualizing distributions of univariate data: histograms, density plots, barplots, and Tukey boxplots. In all of these cases, we will consider how to visualize multiple distributions simultaneously on the same plot using different colours and “facet” plots. We then turn to the visualization of bivariate data using scatterplots. Here, we will explore how to apply linear and nonlinear smoothing functions to the data, how to add marginal histograms to the scatterplot, add labels to points, and scale each point by the value of a third variable. On Day 2, we begin by covering some additional plot types that are often related but not identical to those major types covered on Day 1: frequency polygons, area plots, line plots, uncertainty plots, violin plots, and geospatial mapping. We then consider more fine grained control of the plot by changing axis scales, axis labels, axis tick points, colour palettes, and ggplot “themes”. Finally, we consider how to make plots for presentations and publications. Here, we will introduce how to insert plots into documents using RMarkdown, and also how to create labelled grids of subplots of the kind seen in many published articles.
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This course is aimed at anyone who is interested in using R for data science or statistics. R is widely used in all areas of academic scientific research, and also widely throughout the public, and private sector.
Venue – Delivered remotely
Time zone – GMT+0
Availability – TBC
Duration – 2 days
Contact hours – Approx. 15 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 1 ECT’s
Language – English
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Dr. Mark Andrews
Works at – Senior Lecturer, Psychology Department, Nottingham Trent University, England
Teaches – Introduction to statistics using R and Rstudio; Introduction data visualization using GG plot 2; Introduction data wrangling using R and Rstudio; Introduction to generalised linear models using R and Rstudio; Introduction to mixed models using R an d Rstudio; Introduction to Bayesian data analysis for social and behavioural sciences using R and Stan; Structural Equation Models, Path Analysis, Causal Modelling and Latent Variable Models Using R; Generalised Linear, Nonlinear and General Additive Models; Python for data science, machine learning, and scientific computing
Mark Andrews is a Senior Lecturer in the Psychology Department at Nottingham Trent University in Nottingham, England. Mark is a graduate of the National University of Ireland and obtained an MA and PhD from Cornell University in New York. Mark’s research focuses on developing and testing Bayesian models of human cognition, with particular focus on human language processing and human memory. Mark’s research also focuses on general Bayesian data analysis, particularly as applied to data from the social and behavioural sciences. Since 2015, he and his colleague Professor Thom Baguley have been funded by the UK’s ESRC funding body to provide intensive workshops on Bayesian data analysis for researchers in the social sciences.
This course will be largely practical, hands-on, and workshop based. For each topic, there will first be some lecture style presentation, i.e., using slides or blackboard, to introduce and explain key concepts and theories. Then, we will cover how to perform the various statistical analyses using R. Any code that the instructor produces during these sessions will be uploaded to a publicly available GitHub site after each session. For the breaks between sessions, and between days, optional exercises will be provided. Solutions to these exercises and brief discussions of them will take place after each break.
The course will take place online using Zoom. On each day, the live video broadcasts will occur during UK local time (GMT+0) at:
All sessions will be video recorded and made available to all attendees as soon as possible, hopefully soon after each 2hr session.
If some sessions are not at a convenient time due to different time zones, attendees are encouraged to join as many of the live broadcasts as possible. For example, attendees from North America may be able to join the live sessions from 3pm-5pm and 6pm-8pm, and then catch up with the 12pm-2pm recorded session once it is uploaded. By joining live sessions attendees will be able to benefit from asking questions and having discussions, rather than just watching prerecorded sessions.
At the start of the first day, we will ensure that everyone is comfortable with how Zoom works, and we’ll discuss the procedure for asking questions and raising comments.
Although not strictly required, using a large monitor or preferably even a second monitor will make the learning experience better, as you will be able to see my RStudio and your own RStudio simultaneously.
All the sessions will be video recorded, and made available immediately on a private video hosting website. Any materials, such as slides, data sets, etc., will be shared via GitHub.
Assumed quantitative knowledge
We will assume only a very minimal amount of familiarity with some general statistical concepts. Anyone who has taken any undergraduate (Bachelor’s) level introductory course on (applied) statistics can be assumed to have
sufficient familiarity with these concepts.
Assumed computer background
Minimal prior experience with R and RStudio is required. Attendees should be familiar with some basic R syntax and commands, how to write code in the RStudio console and script editor, how to load up data from files, etc.
Equipment and software requirements
Attendees of the course will need to use a computer on which RStudio can be installed. This includes Mac, Windows, and Linux, but not tablets or other mobile devices. Instructions on how to install and configure all the required software, which is all free and open source, will be provided before the start of the course. We will also provide time during the workshops to ensure that all software is installed and configured properly.
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Wednesday 7th – Classes from 12:00 to 20:00
Topic 1: What is data visualization. Data visualization is a means to explore and understand our data and should be a major part of any data analysis. Here, we briefly discuss why data visualization is so important and what the major principles behind it are.
Topic 2: Introducing ggplot. Though there are many options for visualization in R, ggplot is simply the best. Here, we briefly introduce the major principles behind how ggplot works, namely how it is a layered grammar of
Topic 3: Visualizing univariate data. Here, we cover a set of major tools for visualizing distributions over single variables: histograms, density plots, barplots, Tukey boxplots. In each case, we will explore how to plot multiple groups of data simultaneously using different colours and also using facet plots.
Topic 4: Scatterplots. Scatterplots and their variants are used to visualize bivariate data. Here, in addition to
covering how to visualize multiple groups using colours and facets, we will also cover how to provide marginal
plots on the scatterplots, labels to points, and how to obtain linear and nonlinear smoothing of the plots.
Thursday 8th – Classes from 12:00 to 20:00
Topic 5: More plot types. Having already covered the most widely used general purpose plots on Day 1, we now
turn to cover a range of other major plot types: frequency polygons, area plots, line plots, uncertainty plots, violin plots, and geospatial mapping. Each of these are important and widely used types of plots, and knowing them will expand your repertoire.
Topic 6: Fine control of plots. Thus far, we will have mostly used the default for the plot styles and layouts. Here, we will introduce how to modify things like the limits and scales on the axes, the positions and nature of the axis ticks, the colour palettes that are used, and the different types of ggplot themes that are available.
Topic 7: Plots for publications and presentations: Thus far, we have primarily focused on data visualization as a
means of interactively exploring data. Often, however, we also want to present our plots in, for example, published
articles or in slide presentations. It is simple to save a plot in different file formats, and then insert them into a document. However, a much more efficient way of doing this is to use RMarkdown to run the R code and
automatically insert the resulting figure into a, for example, Word document, pdf document, html page, etc. In
addition, here we will also cover how to make labelled grids of subplots like those found in many scientific articles.