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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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 4 months ago
Earlier I have already taken several courses in this subject (R), but I like this one more. It consists of very much short, but serial and very substantial lectures with practical fixing of skills in the DataCamp - must have.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Having no prior programming experience, R seemed intriguing enough to take this introductory course. I enjoyed it! Despite the feeling that some functions seemed to be rushed past, I still managed to get a pretty good grasp on most of what was taught! I do however feel that this course would benefit from having the instructor thoroughly review the posted work ahead of time for bugs, misspellings and confusing instructions. I don't think I've honestly come away with enough confidence in my R abilities to make a strong career shift, but it was definitely a good learning experience that I may plan to build upon in the future.
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4 years, 4 months ago
This is a very good introduction to R for absolute beginners. I found particularly useful the focus on basic R data structures--such as atomic vectors, matrices, factors, lists, and data frames--and on ways to subset, select, and sort them. But in my opinion, for a true beginner the 2 hour/week effort does not seem realistic.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
I did really enjoyed the whole course. The videos were pretty clear and the labs were extremely instructive. I think I really learned much more with this Introductory course than with previous ones that I found kind of hard. However, with my learning, thanks to you, I expect I will be able to follow those other courses much easier. Sincerely, THANKS!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
This course was great. I've taken several MOOCs before with different providers (Coursera, edX, Codecademy, Duolingo, and others) and this has probably been the one I've enjoyed the most. Filip is a very good instructor, the handouts are incredibly helpful, and the labs had an acceptable level of difficulty. I would recommend this course, and I will probably take the one that comes after it.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
A very good course about types of data in R, a good way of begin with this application and has creative examples. There is a few confused instruction in the check assesements, but the lab are better explained, plus the code can be experimeted before sendig it.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
I have previously taken another EdX course, "Explore Statistics with R," from the Karolinska Institute. It was a great class, and I highly recommend it. However, my struggles in that course made me aware that I still needed to strengthen my knowledge of the basics. This course was perfect for filling in the blanks. It is very structured and provides the most support for beginners that I have ever experienced in a programming class.
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4 years, 4 months ago
A great course content delivered with clarity. I found some questions to be slightly confusing. The course can do with more real-world problems. Overall great work - keep it up!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Excellent course for learning the basics of R - not a true programming course. I much favor this course over the coursera version. I feel much more comfortable with R basics and look forward to moving forward. Of note, this course is offered through Data Camp - so you can also complete this course on that website as well. Overall, highly recommend if you are just starting R and need the basics.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Hey, What an excellent course with sufficient content, well organized presentation and a seamless execution. It has definitely helped me learn the basics of R programming in an inspiring way and thus, would love to explore more about it and start using it. Moreover, the way the course has been delivered at edx has also been impeccable and it has already become my first choice as an online learning platform. Thank you so much for the great experience and wish you all the best for your great cause of spreading knowledge, while making the learning journey a thrilling experience. Matias
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4 years, 4 months ago
The course content was very well organised and explained by the instructor. I loved this course, since it introduced me to some of the basic and curious topics of the subject. I would say it has helped me understand the basics of R Programming. its great learning this course . i had never come across this r programming nt now by this course i knew this programming and i love using it. Thanks for providing this course online its help us to understand r programming and so we can use it .
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4 years, 4 months ago
An outstanding introductory course on R! If you are hesitating to take part in it, DON'T! It's the best course in anyway you consider. The length of videos are short but highly informative. Explanations are excellent. The course materials are well-structured. The exercises are highly interactive that help you a lot digest and master the topics covered. DON'T MISS IT!
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4 years, 4 months ago
i just had a basic understanding about R, and this course made me to explore deep in to R basic. i really loved the content and lab exercises, looking forward for more such courses ahead, thanks Microsoft and team for creating such an awesome course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Great course and instructor. It's great because of the laboratory feature that allows students get a first hand experience of programming while guiding them towards correct answers through examples and hints. Let me tell you R is a difficult language to learn for a first timer and if I were to recommend a course first-up, it would be this one.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Great course– I highly recommend to all. The course was well organized, straightforward, and provided the right amount of challenge for an "intro" class. The materials were helpful and the lectures were super beneficial– better than other lectures I've been through in MOOC platforms. I'll continue to enroll in Microsoft courses and others via edX.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
As a whole I was satisfied with the course. My only complaint is that it did not delve more into the technical aspects of R. Going forward and trying to make use of R's functionality the biggest hurdles I expect to face is calling R from java and things of that nature which this class totally neglects.
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4 years, 4 months ago
It was a very good course as an introduction to the R language. I liked the labs, console and material but I think it may need more topics and details at least how could it be integrated with anything, but overall it was excellent, easy and good.Thanks EDX.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
An excellent introductory course for beginners. The labs and console for testing and improving skills were very good. Overall, a wonderful course and highly recommended for those who wants to know the R basics.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
All these years I wished to learn R language and finally my wish is fulfilled with this intro course for R. I enjoyed the classes and exercises from day1. All the classes and exercises are very well organised. Luckily, I never encountered some of the problems with browser and scores as mentioned by some students on the forum. I have enrolled and unenrolled in other R courses offered by other MOOCs but this is the best. I am excited that I could pass the course with 98% and will be receiving my first verified certificate. I am looking forward to take more courses on datacamp and I thank Filip, Jonathan, atopos and edX team for putting forward such a great intro course. Thank you, Swathi Turlapati
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4 years, 4 months ago
Great course when you are new to R. R can be intimidating for the beginner who does not have exposure to programming, but this course defangs R. It makes you want to delve deeper into the subject, and that is the hallmark of a good course.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
It's a great course for beginners with no prior experience. I have already started learning more R courses in DataCamp.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Great course! Fun to work with and nice examples. The start is outstanding - you immediately feel the power at your fingertips. However towards the end the labs become a bit "just type this in already". Would have been better to go with less syntax/parameter options but more "understand why you are doing this". Anyhow - still great!
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4 years, 4 months ago
Introduction to R was well delivered with good content. I have been sharpened and positioned for a role in data science. I totally recommend this course to anyone either entry level or intermediate level if you desire to take a step further in your career. Thanks... Introduction to R was well delivered with good content. I have been sharpened and positioned for a role in data science. I totally recommend this course to anyone either entry level or intermediate level if you desire to take a step further in your career. Thanks...
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4 years, 4 months ago
Can't thank the teaching team enough for providing such a great R course. R itself is a very technical program especially for people who have only been exposed to Excel like myself. The course was delivered in a very structured manner, the instructor was engaging and motivating, and the provider edX is as always sets the bar high - organized and clear platform, quality learning indeed!
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4 years, 4 months ago
I love this course as it helped me a lot learning R from basic. This course is so awesome that now I can easily identify between vectors and data frames. There were some hiccups while submitting code in datacamp but somehow I managed to submit them. I already knew (very) basic of R but after going through this course I am quite confident about learning more in R. I hope to see advanced course based on R language.
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4 years, 4 months ago
This course is an excellent introduction to R, transforming the steep learning curve into a series of rolling hills that proceed logically at a reasonable pace. The language of instruction is normal, understandable English, not the computer-geek-ese often encountered in computer courses. The skills that are taught are widely applicable to common situations. All in all, a worthwhile investment of time, whether you are just starting out or have been getting by with copying and adapting snippets of code as the need arises.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
This class provides useful information about organizing and manipulating data in common R data structures. At the end they show you how to plot data. The topics covered were covered in good detail. Unfortunately, it did not cover things like flow-control logic such as if-then-else or how to write basic functions that most introduction programming classes would cover.
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4 years, 4 months ago
Useful and practical material, clearly presented, and built-up at a very good pace. Very easy to use interfaces. Overall, a wonderful course that was definitely worth the investment!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 4 months ago
Big thank you to: EDX platform, Microsoft, and Datacamp, Jonathan Sanito (excellent content developer for Microsoft) Filip Schouwenaars (excellent trainer at Datacamp) atopos as a community Teaching Assistant (TA) DAT204x Course staff, and to all of the students That worked on this course, and that also submitted Comments in the Forums so we were a world community Working for a month on the R topic. This is the first time, I see such a big team effort for Excellence in training. This is also the first class I complete at EDX, and also The first one I complete with 100%, so I am really happy with the whole experience. I worked hard, verified my identity, And will get the certificate that validates this knowledge, and since I am looking for a new position...who knows...:-)!!!!! Thank you again, Jose Ayala Information Systems Engineer
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4 years, 4 months ago
Very useful course. Totally practical, sometimes the exercises were hard for a beginner but after reviewing external sources everything was fine. I definitely recommend it to new users into the world of R.
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