Social Data Analytics Workshop Series: Introduction to Data Science with R

Date 08/31/17 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location Sparks B001 (The DataBasement)

Do you want to develop the skills to program and manage data using R? If so, this workshop series is for you! We will be meeting (almost) weekly for an hour throughout the semester to cover everything from basic R programming up through big data analytics and high performance computing. This workshop series will start with several weeks introducing R and basic R programming, so no prior experience is required (only a laptop). We will then move on to a series of workshops on reading in, cleaning, transforming, and combining multiple, complex datasets (including text and social network data) -- using our newfound R programming skills. Once we have the basics of data mangament down, we will cover web-based data collection, both from traditional web pages, and from the Twitter API. Finally, we will get into performance and scalability issues, and go over the steps for accessing the ICS cluster resources at Penn State. 

The meeting time for the workshop is subject to change, but current plans are for it to be offered most Thursdays from 12:00-1:00 in Sparks B001 (The DataBasement).

First Workshop: Series overview and installing and setting up R and RStudio for optimal productivity.

Thursday, 8/31/17, 12:00-1:00, Sparks B001 (The DataBasement)  Bring laptop! Free!

Directions to the DataBasement here: .

This workshop series is sponsored by the Big Data Social Science IGERT. 

For more information about BDSS-IGERT and SoDA, visit

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