Group for Research in Decision Analysis

Workshop on R Software

Sahir Bhatnagar McGill University, Canada

With over 2 million users worldwide, R is the leading open-source programming language in data science and statistics. It is used by students, academics and professionals in numerous domains including finance, bioinformatics, ecology, genetics, econometrics, epidemiology and statistics. Every year, the number of R users grows by 40%, and an increasing number of organizations are using it in their day-to-day activities to build data-driven solutions. In this workshop, you will learn practical skills for importing, transforming and visualizing data in R as well as how to build basic statistical models. You will then learn how to embed R output into an HTML document to create reproducible reports. In the final section of this workshop, I will introduce some more advanced topics such as interactive plots and creating web applications using Shiny. This workshop is ideal whether you're a non-programmer with no data science experience, or a data scientist switching to R from other software such as SAS or Excel.

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Sahir Bhatnagar is currently a PhD student in the Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health at McGill, working under the supervision of Drs. Celia Greenwood and Mathieu Blanchette. He completed a BSc in Actuarial Science at Concordia University and worked in pension plan valuations for 4 years at a consulting firm in Montreal. During this time he became an Associate of the Society of Actuaries. He then went on to complete an MSc in Biostatistics from Queen's University. For more information please visit