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
4 years, 2 months ago
Very good introduction to R - well structured, well presented, good exercises and a helpful interactive exercise environment. If you've never used R before, this is a good place start.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
A good primer on R! The course was well delivered; lecture videos were concise and pertinent to the course assignments, the interface used for labs was well designed for its purpose.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Like the title says, it's an introduction to R programming and it does a great job of bringing you through the basics with each module building well on the previous content. The interactive, web-based console for programming in the labs is very helpful and staff were quite responsive in the discussion boards.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
This is the third class I've taken and completed using R, and even though it was the easiest, it was good to review some things, and I actually learned a good deal too. Good introduction. Easy enough to do, but very worthwhile.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
This course was really nice, very throughly taught and flip does agreed job explaining the stuffs.. I started r in coursea from John Hopkins University which has a different approach and much challenging but instructor there isn't great as explaining stuffs as instructor here... So thumbs up for this course...
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Great course if you know nothing of R. Still i'd like it to give more content. it is really for beginners and exercises are pretty easy. The labs are the most useful thing of it since it wrapped up what you are supposed to be learning but ti could be a little bit more difficult to make you think more.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
For me it was very useful, because I know nothing of R! All exercises and instructor completed my expectations in terms of difficulty and help in solving respectively. Also when I could not solve the previous class with me was very helpful discussion. Thank you
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4 years, 2 months ago
The course was as described, an Introduction to R. It's a good place to start if you don't know any programming or R specific knowledge. The labs were sometimes confusing as to what exactly was required. Most of the homework questions were pretty easy. Otherwise the content was clear. I felt it was perfect for a beginner class, not too much or not too little. I know some people, myself included, want more in depth material, but that should either be in a different course, or extend this one longer.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
This course was extremely interesting. It was very well done. The instructor was clear and managed to pass the knowledge very well. The exercises were brilliant - engaging, extending knowledge, and also fun to do. I enjoyed it immensely and would do further courses.
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4/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Clearly explained, presented very well, but not much depth. Good for absolute beginners. Labs and quizzes need editing for grammar and clarity though.
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6/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
Course starts off manageable but often assumes you know basic coding when it is advertised as an introduction course. The last few labs on matrices and factors had major glitches (ie I lost points on labs even when I had the right answer, the instructions were unclear or contradicted the hints/ actual correct answer). Otherwise very good exposure to R and useful.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
The content was very good, although the difficulty could have been a bit higher. Most things very quite obvious and thus easy to do. Unfortunately there where some things they considered too obvious in some exercises so didn't even bother mentioning them, which gave many people a hard time. DataCamp was pretty cool, however it was really unnerving some times because it is very strict in accepting answers. After getting used to that, it was okay. All in all a course I'd definitely do again even though I'd like to have it go deeper into the matter.
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10/10 starsCompleted
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4 years, 2 months ago
Excellent!!! This course teach exactly the essential thing you need to learn R Programming in an clear way. The set of exercises are very good!!!. In general, it is an excellent introduction for everybody want to know the great tool that is R Language.
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8/10 starsTaking Now
4 years, 2 months ago
This course can be considered a stepping stone for those who wants to learn programming in R. In my opinion, more content could be added, like the use of loops which is essential when doing programming. However, considering the time allocated for the course it is well suited. It would be nice if there a follow up course would be given. Also the exercises could be more challenging because gradually it becomes more a fill in exercise in which everything is already said.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Excellent for those wanting to get a first understanding about R Programming. No programming or software development background required. Filip does a great job teaching in a simple yet very effective way for us to get our hands on this software. Looking forward for more courses to learn more about R!.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
This course is very well written, al contents are perfectly organized. The quality and clarity of instructor are brilliant. It's an ideal starting point fro learn R with clear basic concepts. Definitely recommended
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
I really enjoyed this interactive, introductory course on R. It's the first MOOC I have ever managed to complete, as the assignments were designed in a really interesting manner and often included a humorous aspect. Although I had to invest quite some time, I found it very worthwhile. I hope I will be able to apply the skills once I don't have this guidance anymore.
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6/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
It is a easy course, absolutely mandatory for beginners (as I am). However, I found myself a bit dissapointed after I finished it, and no even a single loop or object oriented structure came up. I would consider a five star course adding some modules showing briefly the topics above.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
In my opinion the course was everything i expected. I learn a lot and i think i will be able to star using R programming (slowly at first) from now on. Thanks for it!
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
This is an excellent introduction to R. The material is very easy to follow and there is plenty of exercises to practise the material learnt. The pace of the course is very appropriate for a beginner and the lectures are very fun!
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
I strongly recommend this as a beginners introduction to R. Well structured and taught. good labs, which help you through if required. nice, steady learning curve that manages to cover a lot of ground.All in all a great little course
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
It was such a good course. I hadn't got an idea of R programming and now I feel confident using it. The course is well-designed. Videos have the perfect duration and lab exercises are so good for learning.
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8/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Basic approach to the R language through its data structures: vectors, lists, factors and data frames; as well as some basic plotting. It has helped me to understand some of the basic features of such an incoherent language as R. The course is short and can be done enterly online (no need to install anything). No prior knowledge is needed. Good as an introduction.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
A great starting point for an adventure with R language. The course was balanced both in pace and its difficulty. The labs are great.
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10/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
Great way to start learning R. I had studied R before but I was never able to make much sense of it (R can be quite confusing). These guys have found the way to teach it in a clear an concise way. They give a good introduction on R and how to do the most basic stuff. It is easy but at the same time you can learn quite a lot.
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4 years, 3 months ago
all excellent, with high expectations. I'm from Venezuela, science student. First time I do a course of R.
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4/10 starsCompleted
4 years, 2 months ago
This course is introductory to the point of uselessness. I expected a much lengthier course since the number of functions built into R is gargantuan. I am disappointed that I have learned little more than data entry and some rudimentary operations on small data sets. I expected to glean some knowledge about analysis of data.
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4 years, 2 months ago
The course provide very poor contents. You should include building R function, package development and so many graphics. It should give free verified certificate for the students like me. I have completed whole course without watching any video/help online, but I have no money for collecting a verified certificate. So, it should give option for applying financial aid for collecting verified certificate.
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