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Coding, data management, and Shiny applications using RStudio for evolutionary biologists and ecologists (CDSR01)

15th May 2017 - 19th May 2017

£260.00 - £550.00

Course overview: 

The course will introduce programming logic using the R syntax. The participants will be able to solve problems involving heterogeneous biological datasets and the combined use of different statistical packages, so the advantages of learning programming skills can be demonstrated. The RMarkdown syntax will be used to illustrate the advantages of literate programming and the possibilities of code sharing and archiving. In the sequence, participants will learn how to design relational databases (RDB) which can be used to manage and analyse large biological datasets. They will learn the basics of the SQL language and how to use it with R with the package {RMySQL}.

To finalise, they will use the Shiny tool (R Studio) to build interactive applications to analyse and display data depending on user inputs. Throughout the course we will emphasise data, code and analyses best practices that could foster reproducibility and transparency in science, and the long-term availability of scientific data. At the end of the course the participants are expected to be able to develop small, tailored applications, to read and analyse datasets using a variety of statistics tools.

Why not see some examples of Shiny Apps using the links below







Intended Audience

Researchers and postgraduate students working with in evolutionary biology and ecological data who want to have more autonomy and flexibility in their quantitative analyses, and need to access and analyse large datasets with R.

Venue – SCENEGoogle mapDirections
Availability – 20 places
Duration – 5 days
Contact hours – Approx. 35 hours
ECT’s – Equal to 3 ECT’s
Language – English


We offer two packages

• COURSE ONLY – Includes lunch and refreshments.
• ALL INCLUSIVE – Includes breakfast, lunch, dinner, refreshments, minibus to and from meeting point and accommodation.

Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max 3 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival Sunday 14th May and departure Friday 19th May PM.

To book ‘COURSE ONLY’ or ‘ALL INCLUSIVE’ pleases scroll to the bottom of this page.

Other payment options are available please email oliverhooker@prstatistics.com

Cancellation policy: Cancellations are accepted up to 28 days before the course start date subject to a 25% cancellation fee. Cancellations later than this may be considered, contact oliverhooker@prstatistics.com Failure to attend will result in the full cost of the course being charged. In the unfortunate event that PR~statistics must cancel this course due to unforeseen circumstances a full refund for the course will be credited. However PR~statistics cannot be held responsible for any travel fees, accommodation or other expenses incurred to you as a result of the cancellation.


Dr. Aline Quadros


Dr. Oliver Hooker


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Course Programme


15th May 2017
19th May 2017
£260.00 - £550.00


Loch Lomond, Rowardennan,
Glasgow, Scotland, G63 0AW, United Kingdom
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01360 870271