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Welcome to Descriptive Statistics in R

Through this workshop, we hope to equip you with the skills to summarize your data (quantitatiavely and visually) to share with others, learn more about your data, and inform your analyses.

This workshop assumes a basic understanding of R language, but all learners are welcome to participate.

If you are interested in learning more on coding in R, we offer a number of workshops throughout the year: Workshops.

Workshop materials are available at

Learning objectives

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

  1. Understand the types of descriptive statistics available in base R
  2. Use packages to generatre descriptive statistics tables
  3. Create descriptive plots
  4. Manipulate data to describe your data


0:00 Welcome and using Zoom
0:05 Introduction
0:10 Working through tutorial code in RStudio
0:40 Practice
0:55 Wrap-up and Discussion
1:00 Optional 30 minute question/practice period


This workshop was developed by Jared Connoy (Author) and Ashley Yue Mao (Contributor).