Friday, 5 October 2012

Graphics in R

Legend (or at least Wikipedia) has it that "R," the statistical programming language, was named after Robert and Ross (Gentleman and Ihaka), R's originators.  R's capabilities (and its use) are growing rapidly, and if you are considering adopting it, or extending its use,'s online courses in R are a good place to learn more.

Learn "Graphics in R" with Dr. Paul Murrell; teach you how to produce publication-quality statistical plots of data using R. It will cover plots such as scatterplots, bar plots, histograms, boxplots and Trellis plots.  It will review the underlying model used to produce plots in R so that you can extensively customize these plots.  Finally, the course will introduce the grid graphics system and look at producing unique plots from the ground up using basic components. For more details please visit at

Who Should Take This Course:
Anyone who needs to produce displays of data, whether for exploratory or confirmatory analysis.
R graphics is particularly suited to producing publication-quality plots, so this course is particularly useful for anyone who needs to produce articles or reports or even web sites containing plots.

Course Program:

Course outline: The course is structured as follows

SESSION 1: Basic Plots

  • An overview of R Graphics
  • Functions for producing standard plots
  • Controlling colour, fonts, etc

SESSION 2: Customising Plots

  • Adding extra data or labels to a plot
  • Mathematical formulas on plots
  • Plotting multiple plots on a page

SESSION 3: The Lattice Package (Trellis plots)

  • Lattice formulas
  • Multipanel displays
  • Panel functions
  • Customising lattice plots

SESSION 4: Grid Graphics (drawing pictures)

  • Graphical primitives and units
  • Viewports and layouts
  • Customising lattice plots

Dr. Paul Murrell is noted members of the R development community. Dr. Murrell, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland, New Zealand has focused on the graphics system in R. He is the past Chair of the Section for Statistical Graphics of the American Statistical Association.  He has recently served as Editor-in-Chief of "R News", the newsletter of the R project, and is an Associate Editor for "Computational Statistics" and "The Journal of Statistical Software".

You will be able to ask questions and exchange comments with Dr. Sudha Purohit via a private discussion board throughout the course.   The courses take place online at 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.

For Indian participants accepts registration for its courses at special prices in Indian Rupees through its partner, the Center for eLearning and Training (C-eLT), Pune.

For India Registration and pricing, please visit us at

Call: 020 66009116


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