In "Programming in R", you will hone your skills to work with a variety of data types and data sources in R. You'll also learn some techniques for programming "in-the-large", when you are trying to provide a suite of functions to flexibly solve a large class of problems. In particular, you'll learn more about functions, environments and closures, and the basics of object oriented programming with S3.
Dr. Hadley Wickham is the author of "ggplot2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis (Use R)" and a contributor to Cook & Swayne's "Interactive and Dynamic Graphics for Data Analysis: Using R and GGobi" (2007). His research interests include interactive and dynamic graphics, developing practical tools for data analysis, and in gaining better understanding of complex statistical models through visualization. An Assistant Professor at Rice University, Dr. Wickham has developed 15 R projects, and written numerous articles, chapters, and other papers and in 2006 he won the John Chambers Award for Statistical Computing for his work on the ggplot and reshape R packages. Participants can ask questions and exchange comments with Dr. Wickham via a private discussion board throughout the period.
You will be able to ask questions and exchange comments with the instructors via a private discussion board throughout the course. The courses take place online at statistics.com in a series of 4 weekly lessons and assignments, and require about 15 hours/week. Participate at your own convenience; there are no set times when you must be online. You have the flexibility to work a bit every day, if that is your preference, or concentrate your work in just a couple of days.