Summer School Academic Courses - Understanding Data

Understanding Data with R: a hands-on workshop towards becoming a data-analyst

Which companies are committing fraud? Which scientific hypothesis is correct? Do movie critics differ from regular consumers in their ratings? Whether it’s a fun or serious question, each of these questions require data to answer them. In this course, you will learn the two vital skills for using data to answer questions of interest: 1) data manipulation; 2) data analysis.

Through interactive workshop-sessions, you will learn how to manipulate datasets so that you can produce informative analyses and insightful data visualizations. Importantly, you will not only learn how to analyze data, but also to answer questions.

In this interactive two-week course, you will discover the importance of data analysis in both academica and in practice. You will learn how to use data to answer a wide range of interesting questions using the popular programming language called R. From gathering data to creating appealing and insightful data visualizations, you will master the basics of truly understanding data.

By completing this course, you will:

  • Acquire an understanding of the role of data in answering research questions, both in academics and in industry;
  • Gain a basic understanding of the statistical programming language R, using RStudio;
  • Learn how to manipulate data (e.g., renaming variables, removing cases, combining datasets);
  • Learn how to create beautiful and insightful data visualizations that are relevant for answering the research question;
  • Learn how to conduct statistical analyses (e.g., descriptives, correlations, regression);
  • Learn how to write a report that answers a research question using the data.
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  • Celia Banzet

    Celia Banzet

    Course participant

    “This summer school was a rich experience of discovery. It allowed me to learn both personally and academically. The courses taught are of high quality. In addition, the cultural program was great, and I met some very nice people in Tilburg. It was a great experience that I absolutely recommend and will never forget!”

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