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

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