Applied R programming course – September 21-25, Barcelona, Spain

Registration is open for the workshop “R Without Fear: Applied R for Biologists”, September 2125, 2015. Instructor: Dr. Jordi Moya-Laraño (Estación Experimental de Zonas Áridas – CSIC, Spain).

PLACE:  Facilities of the Centre de Restauració i Interpretació Paleontologica, Els Hostalets de Pierola,  Barcelona (Spain).


Introduction to the R working environment.
– Variable types in R.
– Statistical populations and samples through working examples.
– Measurements of central tendency and variability.
– Precision, accuracy and bias.
– Hypothesis testing: Falsability, Type-I and II errors and statistical power.
– Correlation and simple regression.
– P-value vs. effect magnitude.
– Linear Models: Residuals, assumptions and interpretation.
– Explained vs. unexplained variance of a model (the coefficient of determination).
– Building functions in R.
– Introduction to graphics in R.
– The concept of partial effect: Partial regression and correlation.
– General Linear Models (GLM).
– Curve fitting in linear models and General Additive Models (GAMs).
– The problem of spatial autocorrelation in ecology and evolution.
– Multicolinearity: When is there a problem?
– Additive vs. multiplicative effects: Checking and plotting interactions.
– Introduction to General and Generalized Linear Mixed Models (GLMM).
– Fixed vs. Random effects and implications for analysis: Main R functions.
– Introduction to Bayesian statistics: The function MCMCglmm.
– Practical examples in evolutionary ecology:
The study of natural selection.
Applications of linear models for quantitative genetics.
– Student’s case studies.Please feel free to distribute this information between your colleagues if you consider it appropriate.
With best regards

Soledad De Esteban-Trivigno, PhD.

Researcher at the Institut Català de Paleontologia Miquel Crusafont (ICP)

Edifici Z -ICTA-ICP-  C/ de les Columnes s/n.
Campus de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
E-08193 Cerdanyola del Vallès. Spain

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