Basic statistics in R


  • 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


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 site 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.


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. 

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....

Detailed schedule
Day 1: 
9h30-12h30    Introduction, working with R/RStudio, data structures
13h30-17h00  Data structures, reading data from files

Day 2
 9h30-12h30 Writing scripts, descriptive statistics
13h30-17h00 Data reformatting, Graphics

Day 3:
9h30-12h30   Graphics, Basic statistical tests
13h30-17h00 Full analysis of a data set
Organised by the VIB Bioinformatics Core


11, 12 and 18 March 2019, from 9h30 to 17h00


Overwale 3
9000 GENT


Janick Mathys

Training material:

Registration start date:

31 December 2018 (12:00)

Registration end date:

25 February 2019