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Introduction to R for Data Science

Discover big data: work with airline data to learn the fundamentals of the R platform.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Introduction to R for Data Science

Work with airline data to learn the fundamentals of the R platform.

We live in a data driven world. So how can we make the most of it? Have you ever wondered how data-driven decisions are made? This course will use airline data to demonstrate key concepts involved in the analysis of big data.

On this course you will learn how to use the R platform to manage data. The course serves are an introduction to the R software and lays the foundation for anyone who would like to begin studying data science and its applications, or anyone who would like to take more advanced courses related to data science, such as machine learning and computational statistics.

What topics will you cover?

  • Download, install, and use the R platform
  • Import data into R and visualize data
  • Use vectors and vectorized functions, including some of the tapply functions
  • Manipulate data into desired formats, including cleaning and verifying data
  • Predict business performance
  • Make data-driven decisions about your industry

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Perform an import of data into R
  • Utilize vectors and vectorized functions, including some of the apply functions
  • Utilize basic data structures such as data frames, strings, dates, lists, etc.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone wanting to discover more about data, beginners in using R are welcome, you don’t need any prior experience.

What software or tools do you need?

You will need to download, install, and use the R platform. A desktop or laptop computer is also needed to take this course as opposed to a mobile device.

What do people say about this course?

"I can't say enough about how much this course has been such an eye-opener in my statistical field. Great work and appreciation to Purdue University as well as FutureLearn on availing this course, I really hope to get more soon. Also to Dr Mark Ward, I would love to pursue further studies some day soon. Many thanks.

Andrew Safari

Who will you learn with?

Mark Daniel Ward

Mark is an Associate Professor, and Undergraduate Chair at Department of Statistics, Purdue University, and Associate Director for the NSF Center for Science of Information.

Who developed the course?

One of the four best public universities in the US, Purdue delivers an engaging learning experience and a world-class degree.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $84 (+ shipping) you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.