Introduction to R for Data Science

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This course is part of the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science.

R is rapidly becoming the leading language in data science and statistics. Today, R is the tool of choice for data science professionals in every industry and field. Whether you are full-time number cruncher, or just the occasional data analyst, R will suit your needs.

This introduction to R programming course will help you master the basics of R. In seven sections, you will cover its basic syntax, making you ready to undertake your own first data analysis using R. Starting from variables and basic operations, you will eventually learn how to handle data structures such as vectors, matrices, data frames and lists. In the final section, you will dive deeper into the graphical capabilities of R, and create your own stunning data visualizations. No prior knowledge in programming or data science is required.

What makes this course unique is th...

This course is part of the Microsoft Professional Program Certificate in Data Science.

R is rapidly becoming the leading language in data science and statistics. Today, R is the tool of choice for data science professionals in every industry and field. Whether you are full-time number cruncher, or just the occasional data analyst, R will suit your needs.

This introduction to R programming course will help you master the basics of R. In seven sections, you will cover its basic syntax, making you ready to undertake your own first data analysis using R. Starting from variables and basic operations, you will eventually learn how to handle data structures such as vectors, matrices, data frames and lists. In the final section, you will dive deeper into the graphical capabilities of R, and create your own stunning data visualizations. No prior knowledge in programming or data science is required.

What makes this course unique is that you will continuously practice your newly acquired skills through interactive in-browser coding challenges using the DataCamp platform. Instead of passively watching videos, you will solve real data problems while receiving instant and personalized feedback that guides you to the correct solution.

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8/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 4 months ago
This is a well-paced course aimed at beginners with a non-CS background. The videos, quizzes and labs are organized into well thought out chunks that build on the knowledge and don't feel too heavy or light. The best part is that there is no installation of R IDE or software and the entire experience is browser based and I was able to pick up from where I left, regardless of whether I was logging in from office or home. The labs work well, but sometimes the automatic grader is a little quirky in how it assesses results, all told a great pathway into a prized field and I am glad to have completed this for a verified certificate.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
This is a great course. If I have to say about improvements, I want some detailed lectures and not a very short one. I need some more lecture hours to learn the subject. In future I am looking forward to learn more about data science from Microsoft and EdX.
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4 years, 4 months ago
It's great! I took this course because I had difficulty understanding R. The video plus the exercises really helped me gain a better understanding of this language.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
It has been amazing learning this course! Being a non-coder i became one after this, i have been highly smitten by this course, looking forward to see more couses from microsoft for data scientist dreamers...like me! It's great journey thank you :)
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Great introduction to R, makes you want to keep learning more about R! The exercises were note excessively long but still conveyed the concepts fully. I was able to do little sections of the class in between a busy schedule otherwise. Recommended!
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4 years, 4 months ago
Thanks for providing this beginner level in order to encourage us going through the higher levels of R. It's my first time to learn about R language, and sure i will use it in dealing with y massive data.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course, a great way to start your statistical programming world, and most important be able to take good decisions. After finishing this course, i am sure i want to learn more about R. The instructor is exellent Excellent course, a great way to start your data analyst career. Now i would like to learn how to use R in Geographical fields, to take good decisions.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Wonderful course! The content is fundamental but really really useful and well-organised! The instruction and course content are clear, and the lab design is brilliant! [DataCamp is awesome!] But I recommend that people with little programming background would be better!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
I learned a lot from this online course, it provided the basic knowledge of R to me , a layman of R. Thanks a lot. and now , i got more confidence to accomplish my goals in the future.
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4 years, 4 months ago
One of the most well organized course for beginners to start with. And surely a quick review material for those who are coming back to use R after long time
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent introduction! This course was clear, well put together and a lot of fun... I was able to watch the videos and take the quizzes while commuting to/fro work and do the labs at home. I am very satisfied with the course overall as I feel it has saved me many hours to get started on my own; at this level I feel I can pick up any further documentation on R and roll with it
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent Introduction to R class. It is a vast improvement on other R courses geared towards beginners, at least. The course was not at a breakneck pace, where your focus became more on meeting a weekly deadline instead of actually learning the material. You was not presented with an over abundance of information, 15 lecture videos per lecture, that leads to information overload, and not retaining what you are suppose to learn. Datacamp is an awesome learning environment, but there is always room for improvement. The auto-grading process becomes a frustrating guessing game, lost of data when having to constantly refresh the datacamp console when if get's stuck loading results, and only copying and pasting reproducible documents and when data is not provided for download. Beyond that, this was an awesome course, i learned and relearned a lot about R capabilities. I hope an intermediate course will be followed up in this same... Excellent Introduction to R class. It is a vast improvement on other R courses geared towards beginners, at least. The course was not at a breakneck pace, where your focus became more on meeting a weekly deadline instead of actually learning the material. You was not presented with an over abundance of information, 15 lecture videos per lecture, that leads to information overload, and not retaining what you are suppose to learn. Datacamp is an awesome learning environment, but there is always room for improvement. The auto-grading process becomes a frustrating guessing game, lost of data when having to constantly refresh the datacamp console when if get's stuck loading results, and only copying and pasting reproducible documents and when data is not provided for download. Beyond that, this was an awesome course, i learned and relearned a lot about R capabilities. I hope an intermediate course will be followed up in this same vein..
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
i had a wonderful time learning this course! definitely lots to learn and a skill which are of an asset to have at this time. The course has the right amount of rigour and systematic flow from lectures to exercise. would love more courses in this format and hope to progress to something relatable to R next by microsoft:)
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course. Well paced with great, detailed explanations in concise and brief modules that were then followed up with excellent exercises to reinforce one's learning
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4 years, 4 months ago
This course made it easy to learn and use it during lab exercises. Lectures and laboratories were perfect combination to learn R from complete beginner.
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6/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
A good course overall especially for novices. Material is very basic. Course designed for those who can not program. If you have some programming experience I would rather recommend coursera course about R.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
As an introductory course , it was excellent . Though would have loved it to be a little more rigorous . No complains . Given the fact that you don't need to downoad any programs and lecture-lab have a very high co-relation , learning curve is pretty solid
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
I liked very much this course and I also had fun. I think I'll apply the knowledge I learned in daily life projects. I just downloaded the slides and the transcripts, I think it's faster to follow the course in this way. Surely I'll continue on DataCamp
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Overall excellent material both in video and pdf. I wish some more examples were given and if additional questions were there to practice in the lab session it would have been great. Still extremely satisfied with the overall content and delivery. Thanks Microsoft . I wish more courses comes out from Microsoft.
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4 years, 4 months ago
All was nearly perfect. On the top, the instructor was really clear and was a constant present on the Discussion board, which was a tremendous help. On the bottom side, some questions on the assessment should be more explicit, specially because this is an introductory course and not everyone has the capacity to get what is implicit in the questions or not. I hope to get more courses about this matter with the same team.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Gave me a strong hold on the fundamentals of R programming. Star wars, flirting with NASA data and all those ways to explain concepts floored me. Your approach to explain methods was awesome. Thank you.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Gave me a strong hold on the fundamentals of R programming. Star wars, flirting with NASA data and all those ways to explain concepts floored me. Your approach to explain methods was awesome. Thank you.
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4 years, 4 months ago
A great introduction to R with an engaging and informative teacher, and helpful lab exercises which reinforce the knowledge and also let you experiment yourself.
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4 years, 4 months ago
This R Programming course offered by DataCamp's collaboration with Microsoft, was great! Filip went through concepts clearly and the interactive interface was extremely helpful for a beginner like me. I did "R programming" by JHU and dropped out because it was too tough. I'm hoping that what I learnt from DataCamp on edX will prepare me for the JHU series of courses.
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4 years, 4 months ago
We learn lot of things in a small amount of time. The quick alternation between lectures, quizes and labs is a very good idea. The videos were well explained, the labs are really nice, we can improve ourselfs very fast! The only part I disliked in this course is the interface of the review questions.
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4 years, 4 months ago
It's a very good introduction to R. It saves a lot of time. It covers all the important topics concerning the pre modeling Stage : data manipulation, data transformation and data visualization.
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4 years, 4 months ago
This does a great job of introducing the fundamental concepts of R in an understandable and interactive manner. It does not provide knowledge of data analysis or programming in R, but the knowledge from this course would help a lot in advancing towards more advanced knowledge of R.
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4 years, 4 months ago
It is an extremely novel initiative that has helped me learn R. I will take the future courses too. The explanations are extremely lucid and easy to understand
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4 years, 4 months ago
I sat through the R programming class given by John Hopkins on Coursera and I did not make it through that class. However, I absolutely loved this course. As compared to the Coursera class, this edX class was extremely easy to follow and learn. I saw a comment about Coursera's class that I felt was true: They give you a five minute explanation on how to swim, then throw you in expecting you to survive. This class explained how to swim, sat with you as you practiced your newly learned strokes, helped you clarify what you didn't quite understand, and eased you into the deep end. This is a very very excellent class and I only hope there are more to come. I am between jobs now (I was laid off as a Database Administrator) so I don't know if I'll use R in my next job. However, I am at least comfortable around R and its concepts. I'd love to deep dive! :) Thanks for a great course!
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4 years, 4 months ago
Nice introductory course to R programming. Instructor did a good job. For next offerings please add some features that further introduce R programming in areas of regression modeling. Introducing commands like correlation, predict, etc would also be nice.
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