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Friday Seminar 1: Crash Course in R Basics

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:00am – 11:00am
Huron Room


Paul Bliese, University of South Carolina


Ashley McIntyre, Amazon


The open-source language R has emerged as one of the dominant tools for statistical analyses.  In this hands-on seminar, we work with R-Studio and learn fundamental skills such as bringing in data from a variety of formats.  We also cover concepts such as libraries and workspaces, and perform basic analyses.

Full Description:

R is a powerful and widely used open-source language that can perform a variety of basic and advanced statistical operations.  Learning R, however, can be daunting as the language is command-based with little support from graphic user interfaces (GUIs).  In this seminar users will install R and R-Studio and learn how to (a) read a variety of data from different formats, (b) attach libraries, (c) perform basic statistical analyses such as regression, and (d) save and open scripts and workspaces.  With these basics, users will be positioned to further explore the capabilities of R in the workplace.

Intended Audience: 

This session is intended for a general audience at a post-graduate level; basic knowledge of statistical analysis is required.

Learning Objectives:

  • Determine the differences between workspaces, libraries, and scripts in R and when to use each
  • Import data from a variety of formats into R
  • Perform basic statistical analyses such as regression in R
  • Develop and save scripts and workspaces so analyses can be reproduced.

Presenter Biography:

Paul D. Bliese is an Associate Professor at the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. from Texas Tech University and a B.A. from Texas Lutheran University and after graduation spent 22 years as an active duty research psychologist at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). In 2009, he formed the Center for Military Psychiatry and Neuroscience at WRAIR, and served as the Director until he retired at the rank of Colonel in 2014. Over his military career, Dr. Bliese directed a large portfolio of research initiatives examining stress, leadership, well-being, and performance. In this capacity, from 2007 to 2014 he oversaw the US Army’s Mental Health Advisory Team program assessing the morale and well-being of Soldiers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan. His applied research was influential in policy decisions within the US Army and the Department of Defense. Throughout his professional career, Dr. Bliese has led efforts to advance statistical methods and apply analytics to complex organizational data. He developed and maintains the multilevel package for the open-source statistical programming language R, and his research has been influential in advancing organizational multilevel theory. He has served on numerous editorial boards, was an associate editor for the Journal of Applied Psychology from 2010 to 2016 and is currently the Editor for Organizational Research Methods


Coordinator: Ashley McIntyre, Amazon


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