Statistical Software and Data Workshops – Fall 2015

Rutgers University Libraries Data Services Workshop Series (New Brunswick)

August 2015

This Fall, Ryan Womack, Data Librarian, will give a series of workshops on statistical software, data visualization, and data management, as part of the Rutgers University Libraries Data Services.  To go directly to the registration page, click here.  A detailed calendar and descriptions of each workshop are below.  This semester each workshop topic will be repeated twice, once at Alexander Library on College Ave, and once at the Library of Science and Medicine on Busch.  These sessions will be identical except for location. Sessions will run approximately 3 hours.  Workshops in parts will divide the time in thirds.  For example, the SPSS, Stata, and SAS workshop would start with SPSS at 1:10, Stata at 2:10, and SAS at 3:10.  You are free to come only to those segments that interest you.

Logistics

Location: The Alexander Library (College Ave) workshops will be held in room 415 of the Scholarly Communication Center (4th floor of Alexander Library) from on Wednesdays from 1:10 to 4:10 pm.  The Library of Science and Medicine (LSM on Busch) workshops will be held in the Conference Room on the 1st floor of LSM on Thursdays from 12 to 3 pm.  Pay attention to the different locations and times when signing up.

For both locations, you are encouraged to bring your own laptop to work in your native environment.  Alternatively, at Alexander Library, you can use a library desktop computer instead of your own laptop.  At LSM, we will have laptops available to borrow for the session if you don’t bring your own.  Room capacity is 25 in both locations.

If you can’t make the workshops, or would like a preview or refresher, screencast versions of many of the presentations are already available at http://libguides.rutgers.edu/data.  Additional screencasts are continually being added to this series.

Calendar of workshops

Wednesday (Alexander)

1:10-4:10 pm

  Thursday (LSM)

12-3 pm

September 9 Introduction to SPSS, Stata, and SAS September 10
September 16 Introduction to R September 17
October 7 Data Visualization in R September 24
October 14 Special Topics:

Time Series in R, Survival Analysis in R, Big Data in Brief

October 8

 Register for the workshops here

Description of Workshops:

§ Introduction to R (September 16 or September 17) – This session provides a three-part orientation to the R programming environment.  R is freely available, open source statistical software that has been widely adopted in the research community.  Due to its open nature, thousands of additional packages have been created by contributors to implement the latest statistical techniques, making R a very powerful tool.  No prior knowledge is assumed. The three parts cover:

  • Statistical Techniques: getting around in R, descriptive statistics, regression, significance tests, working with packages
  • Graphics:  comparison of graphing techniques in base R, lattice, and ggplot2 packages
  • Data Manipulation:  data import and transformation, additional methods for working with large data sets

Additional R resources, including handouts, scripts, and screencast versions of the workshops, can be found here: http://libguides.rutgers.edu/data_R

R is freely downloadable from http://r-project.org

 

§ Introduction to SPSS, Stata, and SAS (September 9 or September 10) provides overviews of these three popular commercial statistical software programs, covering the basics of navigation, loading data, graphics, and elementary descriptive statistics and regression using a sample dataset.  If you are already using these packages with some degree of success, you may find these sessions too basic for you.

  • SPSS is widely used statistical software with strengths in survey analysis and other social science disciplines.  Copies of the workshop materials, a screencast, and additional SPSS resources can be found here: http://libguides.rutgers.edu/content.php?pid=115296&sid=1208425. SPSS is made available by OIRT at a discounted academic rate, currently $100/academic year.  Find it at software.rutgers.edu.  SPSS is also available in campus computer labs and via the Apps server (see below).
  • Stata is flexible and allows relatively easy access to programming features.  It is popular in economics among other areas.  Copies of the workshop materials, a screencast, and additional Stata resources can be found here: http://libguides.rutgers.edu/content.php?pid=115296&sid=1208427. Stata is made available by OIRT via campus license with no additional charge to install for Rutgers users.  Find it at software.rutgers.edu.
  • SAS is a powerful and long-standing system that handles large data sets well, and is popular in the pharmaceutical industry, among other applications. Copies of the workshop materials, a screencast, and additional SAS resources can be found here: http://libguides.rutgers.edu/content.php?pid=115296&sid=1208423. SAS is made available by OIRT at a discounted academic rate, currently $100/academic year.  Find it at software.rutgers.edu.  SAS is also available in campus computer labs, online via the SAS University Edition cloud service, and via the Apps server (see below).
     

Note: Accessing software via apps.rutgers.edu

SPSS, SAS, Stata, and R are available for remote access on apps.rutgers.eduapps.rutgers.edu does not require any software installation, but you must activate the service first at netid.rutgers.edu.

 

§ Data Visualization in R  (October 7 or September 24) discusses principles for effective data visualization, and demonstrates techniques for implementing these using R.  Some prior familiarity with R is assumed (packages, structure, syntax), but the presentation can be followed without this background.  The three parts are:

  • Principles & Use in lattice and ggplot2: discusses classic principles of data visualization (Tufte, Cleveland) and illustrates them with the use of the lattice and ggplot2 packages.  Some of the material here overlaps with Intro to R, pt 2, but at a higher level.
  • Miscellany of Methods: illustrates a wide range of specific graphics for different contexts
  • 3-D, Interactive and Big Data: presentation of 3-D data, interactive exploration data, and techniques for large datasets

Additional R resources can be found here: http://libguides.rutgers.edu/data_R

R is freely downloadable from http://r-project.org

§ Special Topics (October 14 or October 8) covers a few different specialized areas.  The three parts presented during the afternoon workshop are not related.

 Register for the workshops here

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