Monthly Archives: September, 2012

Statistical Software Workshops – Fall 2012

I will be holding a series of workshops on the statistical software packages R, SAS, and SPSS.  This Fall, all workshops will be held at the Alexander Library in the 4th floor classrooms, on Thursday afternoons in October.  See below for details about each workshop.
R is freely available, open source statistical software that has been widely adopted in the research community.  The  three-part workshop series, “An Introduction to R” covers

  • Statistical Techniques: Descriptive Statistics, Regression, Significance, Finding Additional Packages (October 4)
  • Graphics:  comparison of graphing techniques of basic R, lattice, and ggplot2 packages (October 11)
  • Data Manipulation:  Data Import and Transformation (October 18)

All three workshops will run from 3-4:30 pm in IHL 413, Alexander Library.  Each part is self-contained, but if you are new to R, all three will be beneficial.  The first workshop on Statistical Techniques will include a brief discussion of getting started with R (installation, basic command structure, etc.).

In addition there will be a special topics session on Time Series in R, covering basic methods for handling time series data.  This session assumes basic knowledge of R equivalent to that covered in the introductory workshops.

  • Time Series in R will be held on October 18, from 1-2:30 in IHL 413, Alexander Library.

All R workshops are hands-on.  R software is available on the IHL lab PCs, and you can also bring your own laptop if you have R installed already.


SAS
is a powerful and long-standing statistical software system.

The “Introduction to SAS” workshop is for students who are new to SAS. In this workshop, students will become familiar with the SAS interface and its basic functions of managing data, doing statistical analysis and generating graphs. For the workshop, students will learn to use SAS for Linux through remote access to Rutgers X Application Server (apps.rutgers.edu), which is available to all students.  Menus and commands are similar to Windows versions of SAS.

Introduction to SAS will be held on October 4, from 1-2:30 in IHL 413, Alexander Library.

SPSS is a popular statistical software system in the social sciences.

The “Introduction to SPSS” workshop is for students who are new to SPSS.  In this workshop, students will become familiar with the SPSS interface and its basic functions of managing data, doing statistical analysis and generating graphs. For the workshop, students will learn to use SPSS for Linux through remote access to Rutgers X Application Server (apps.rutgers.edu), which is available to all students.  Menus and commands are similar to Windows versions of SAS.

Introduction to SPSS will be held on October 11, from 1-2:30 in IHL 415, Alexander Library.

Further information about R, SAS, and SPSS, including workshop materials and other tutorials is available on the Rutgers Data Libguide.  Click on “Software” to find the materials.

There is no need to register for any of these workshops – first come, first served!

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Change of Focus on the Blog

I am going to be changing the focus of the blog somewhat from this point forward.  I will continue to post announcements about Rutgers data news: workshops, new services, special acquistions, and so on.  However, I no longer have time to track and select highlights of new data sources available (something that could be guessed from the paucity of postings in recent months).  Readers interested in this feature may want to subscribe directly to feeds from ICPSR, Roper, and other major data publishers, which provided the bulk of my highlights.

I will also post some thoughts about issues related to research data, injecting some more opinion into this blog than previously.

I hope readers continue to find this useful.