Getting Started with R

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One of the main obstacles that many new R users face is simply getting started.

Some users struggle to figure out what the nuts and bolts of getting started: what do you need to download (wait, there’s R and RStudio?), where do you enter code, etc.

Others become overwhelmed, in a classic example of the paradox of choice, with all of the resources available online for learning R. How do you know which approach to using R (and there are many!) is best?

This free Getting Started with R course is designed to get new users, no matter what’s holding you back, up and running quickly. It takes you step-by-step, helping you download exactly what you need to get started.

In this course, you’ll learn what you need to get up and running with R, including getting R and RStudio set up, working with projects, installing and loading packages, importing and examining data, and more.

The course should take a couple hours to complete. A small amount of time for a large amount of learning!

About the Instructor

Hi, I’m David.

Think you know what an R user looks like? I’m probably not what you have in mind.

I started R for the Rest of Us to be that guide. Yes, you can learn R on your own. But working with me will help you go from novice to expert much, much faster than you could on your own.

I’m not a hardcore quant (my PhD is in anthropology). I’m not a coder ready to jump on you for any small mistake.

I want to help others avoid the pain that I went through learning R.

A teacher at heart (shoutout to my former second grade students), I make R less scary and more fun (yes, fun).

Want to see how I use R? Take a look at some of the data visualizations I’ve created for organizations looking to increase their social impact.

Let’s connect: Twitter / LinkedIn / Email

What Others Say About the Course

LOVED the course! Thank you so much for keeping everything high level enough that we don’t get lost in the weeds but also providing so much helpful information. I’ve gone through other courses for beginners and came away still not knowing what a package was or how to import data. This course was perfect.

This course will be a great intro to get users started with R.


Dana Wanzer

Independent Consultant

It’s like I’ve broken through a wall that had been stopping me [from learning R]!


Sara Vaca

Independent Consultant

Your intro course makes me feel like R is not as daunting as I initially thought and it is something I can learn (with time).


Tanisha Woodson

Pacific Research and Evaluation

Excellent course to know the basics of this great tool.


David Morales

Universidad Nacional de Colombia