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12. Jan 2023

Introduction to Statistics and R (February 28 – March 3, 2023)

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R has become a leading statistical programming language in data science and statistics. The R software is free, highly extensible, and allows to easily produce publication-quality plots. The aim of this course is to equip participants with the basic skills to effectively use the software R, embedded in the user interface RStudio. These skills will cover data import, processing and data exploration, graphical representations with ggplot2, basic concepts of statistical inference and linear regression. All topics will be demonstrated in working examples and practiced with hands on examples.

In the first two days we are going to teach the basic functionality of R, RStudio, and ggplot2. Day three and four are dedicated to the application of statistical tests, which will be extended to linear mixed-effects models.

Target Group

Doctoral students and Postdocs which want to become acquainted with the R language and the basics of linear regression and model selection. No previous knowledge in R or statistics will be required.

Specific Topics

Day 1 and 2 (February 28 and March 1)

  • Introduction to R and RStudio
  • Data types (vectors, data frames, matrices, lists, factors)
  • Explorative data analysis
  • Creating functions and data manipulation
  • Creating and customizing plots with ggplot2

Day 3 and 4 (March 2 and 3)

  • Recap of the principles of statistical testing
  • Linear regression models 
  • Introduction to linear mixed-effects models
  • Model evaluation and model selection


The workshop should prepare participants to read, clean, and explore their own datasets. They will become familiar with the basic workflow of statistical analyses and should become capable to conduct their own analyses.


The workshop will consist of lectures, working examples and practical exercises, each covering roughly one third of the course time.

Term and Application

  • February 28 – March 3, 2023 each day 9am – 4pm
  • Format: on-site at MLU
  • Location: Von-Seckendorff-Platz 1, SR: 5.10 (roof level)
  • Group size: maximum 20
  • Workshop-Language: English

Registration complete – fully booked


Dr. Stephan Kambach, PostDoc at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Dr. Christian Ristok, PostDoc at the German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig.


This workshop has been realised with financial support from Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg.

Über Thomas Michael

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