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Welcome to Intro to R and RStudio (beginner)

R is popular for many applications including data visualization and statistical analysis. This beginner orientation is suitable for people with little or no R experience. It will help you decide whether R is the right tool for your data analysis needs and introduce R terminology using the RStudio interface. See the UBC library Research Commons event calendar for related workshops or workshop materials on intermediate and advanced topics.

Participants are expected to have installed the latest versions of R and RStudio on their computers before the workshop: Install R from Install RStudio from

Learning objectives

At the end of this workshop, you will be able to:

  1. Understand what R is used for and its pros and cons compared to alternatives.
  2. Know how to use RStudio including the console, source editor, environment, and help pane.
  3. Grasp basic concepts and syntax used in R, such as operator, function, package, data type and structure.


0:00 - 0:05 Welcome and using Zoom
0:05 - 0:20 Intro to R
0:20 - 0:35 Intro to RStudio
0:35 - 0:55 Basic Concepts and Syntax
0:55 - 1:00 Recap
1:00 - 1:30 Optional Q&A


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This workshop was developed by Ashley Yue Mao (Author).