Basic statistics in R - Ghent - online

Basic statistics in R - Ghent - online

Target Audience:


General context

The first day is available on

The second day will be broadcasted on youtube on Friday April 10th 9h30

The third day will be broadcasted on youtube on Tuesday April 21st 9h30

The fourth day will be broadcasted on youtube on Tuesday April 28th 9h30

Please register if you want to be informed on dates for the exercise sessions, and repeats of the training.

This training gives an introduction to the use of the statistical software language R. R is a language for data analysis and graphics. This introduction to R is aimed at beginners. The training covers data handling, graphics, and basic statistical techniques. 
R is for free and for more information you can visit the CRAN web site.
This training is an introduction to the use of R and RStudio and stops at very basic analyses (t-tests and non-parametric equivalents). A full overview of statistical analyses in R including regression, ANOVA will be given in the follow-up training Basic statistics in R, part II.

  • Get an idea of what R and Rstudio is
  • Use R to handle data: creating, reading, reformatting and writing data
  • Use R to create graphics
  • Use basic statistical techniques in R : normality tests, t-tests, wilcoxon tests, chi square tests, correlations, survival analysis...
  • Write and use R scripts
Event intended for

This training is recommended for people with no experience in R who are planning to follow a training that requires some R background, like the mass spectrometry training, the single cell RNA-Seq and the bulk RNA-Seq training....

Required skills

The training is intended for people who have no experience with R. However, understanding of basic statistical concepts is required, such as data types, normal distribution, descriptive statistics, tests for comparing groups... If you don't have sufficient statistical background you are strongly encouraged to attend the Basic statistics theory training. 

Course materials


Janick Mathys

VIB Bioinformatics Core training coordinator

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Working with R and RStudio



Data structures


Operations on variables


Reading data from files

Descriptive statistics

Data reformatting







Basic statistical tests 


Survival analysis


Writing your own function


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