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
4 years, 3 months ago
All in all a really great and very enjoyable online course. Gets you introduced into R the way an introductory course should. Simple by taking it one step and command at a time, without going into too much detail. The only issue was that some questions in the lab weren't really expressed in a way to help you understand what was being asked. But this is just a minor flaw. Hands down a must course for those who want to get acquainted with R.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Excellent introductory course to R. It provides the basics and challenges the student. I would suggest to read the additional materials and view other sources and not wait until the last minute to cram multiple lessons into a day. Overall, a solid experience and will recommend to others.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
First time I learn to program. I am an old man, this course was exactly right for beginners, it teaches slowly but securely and in a few classes it gives you confidence to program and at the end you end up willing to expand in many directions
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
The instructors presentation style and pronounciation could be better. Just being honest. Philip seems like a great guy! The course itself is a great introduction to R.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
A very interesting introduction to R! With no or little knowledge of coding, some exercises can be quite challenging, but during the course, with the help of the instructor and fellow students, your skills will improve steadily
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
The course has been very helpful in learning the basics of programming in R, both the content and form are very successful. Thank you for the course. Looking forward to joining more courses like this!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Great!!! Introductory Level Course on R. The exercises are helpful and well designed for a hands-on learning experience.Thank EDX and all the staffs for making it happen!!!
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Great introduction to R. I wish a document was provided that was more thorough to introducing R and that it was provided as a single document. The instructor was excellent!
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4 years, 3 months ago
I hadn't any previous experience with R language but have some knowledge in programming languages. The course is very well structured and I considered a good feature that the labs were used to teach and go deeper on the matters given in the videos instead of being just a learning checking process. One or two of the questions on the quizzes weren't completely clear being possible to different interpretations but besides that were very good. The course only covers the very basic and it is very introductory and could gain to have more content. I will recommend for anyone who which to have a quick base of R.
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4 years, 3 months ago
Everything was well planned: the content, length of each module, the lab content and difficulty. The instructor explained everything very well and never lost my attention. A few exercises were not that clear, but the discussion panel (and the comments of the instructor there) helped a lot to clarify some doubts. Hope to have more courses about R in the intermediate and advanced levels.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
The course has been an excellent introduction to R language for a beginner. The lab exercises provided are very apt to the content taught in the videos and gave the practical insight needed to experiment with R. Providing the R programming environment within the browser itself, without we needing to install any IDE on our computer has been really very helpful. Thank you for the course. Looking forward to joining more courses like this!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Great course! I first took Analytics Edge course on edX, and had no clue about basic R functions. After Introduction to R Programming I feel super powerful as all what you need to start using R is present in this course. Became easier to work with data frames. Thanks!
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Useful as a crash course in R basics. The exercises are helpful and well designed for a hands-on learning experience. Would recommend to anyone with prior knowledge in other languages who need a stepping stone into R.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
It was a very good introductory course. The setup was excellent, with the labs after each section helping build up skills bit by bit instead of having to deal with a lot of concepts at once.
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4 years, 3 months ago
I enjoyed the course. It's not very challenging but it teaches you the fundamentals. It lays a good foundation for further learning and exploration of R.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
The course gives a brilliant introduction to R language. I didn't have any knowledge about R prior to this course, but this course has taught me a lot. The lectures are clear and to the point and lab quizzes are fun to do.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
I have learnt R language for various ways like books, instructor-led courser and by myself. However this course is so well-organised that I can not lost the way. This is the best course for R beginners all over the world. Even though I am not a native English user, I can understand the contents easily. Strongly recommended!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Content is very relevant to beginner person using R. The instructor is using life examples of data. It is also very interactive course. I think I will continue with more courses from DataCamp guys. It would be interesting if Microsoft could develop specialisation with DataCamp on Data Science specifically on Internet of Things(IoT) topic.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
This is a great course. I have studies 5 courses of edx and find this one is the best. The video and explaining are clear. As a R language beginner I would say it is easy to follow. The first two weeks lab are easy however the lab of last two weeks become challenge. I would like to recommend to those like to learn R. Well done and good job of the team.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Love it! I was searching for an introduction and it's perfect. The lessons are very clear and you can easily follow them. Another positive thing is that you can practice with some exercises. Being someone that believes in "learning by doing" methodology, that's a plus. I'm so happy and I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a good introduction to R programming.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Very useful course. If you know nothing about data/statistics or R, give yourself plenty of time to do the work. Was easy to follow and navigate. For a beginner, you do need more than 1-2 hours a week it is more like 1-2 hours a day. Looking forward to learning more about R, up until last month, I had never heard of it.
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4 years, 3 months ago
I liked the information provided. It's nice to be able to get that much information in a such a short amount of time. blablabla 150 characters blablablabla Great job.
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4 years, 3 months ago
14 stars out of 15 possible. Excellent way of familiarizing oneself with the basics of R, and provides the basis for moving on to more advanced concepts.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
It was a very satisfying experience taking this course. Always wanted to learn R and this is something which got me started. Lucid, creative and interactive. The exercises were very innovative with pop-culture references. The instructor was very clear about what to say. The quizzes were cool too. And finally the exercise at the end of each lab exercise was very good. Helped me to take stock of what I have learned and apply them in my own way. Would like to learn more. :-D
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4 years, 3 months ago
I do recommend this course for the beginners. I really appreciate the content and the lecturer. You can upgrade your skills with a lot of practical examples.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
I have used a bunch of R-packages in my studies (geochemistry data kits), but I have never written one myself. I was curious to see what goes into R-programming, so I took up this course. This course has walked me through all the basics in a fun way. I definitely recommend this to everyone looking for a simple R course to begin with :D
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4 years, 3 months ago
Excellent course that I recommend to anyone who wants to start learning the R programming language. The videos are very good, the multiple choices questions just after the videos are good to test the knowledge just learned and the interactive coding exercises are perfect to train and master the new concepts.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
Great introduction, good and clear videos, though it would be even better by providing a summarized list of functions. I recommend this course only for newcomers to R
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
The course is good, but the Labs are too picky when it comes to accepting answers (especially in the challenges) Also, the instructor believes that "hashtag" is a character, which it isn’t — and you would expect a person who teaches programming to know this.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 3 months ago
There were plenty of fun and practical examples. I enjoyed the clear and concise videos. Even though I am unfamiliar with statistics especially the graphics side, I could understand fully and complete the course.
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