The Brain & Mind Centre R Course

Oct 5, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Instructors: Gordon McDonald, Nicholas Ho, Anushi Shah, Maryam Montazerolghaem

Helpers: Madhura Killedar, Mashud Rana

Welcome to the home page for the Brain & Mind Centre R course. It is a three day course covering six seperate topics that occur frequently to anyone doing pragmatic data analysis. The content is structured in such a way that the material in a section is independent to the other sections, so if you can only make part of the course this won't impact your learning.

General Information

Where: 94 Mallett St, Camperdown NSW 2050. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Oct 5, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Contact: Please email for more information.


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05 October: Day 1

13:00 General Introduction, Installation and Setup
13:30 Introduction to R Programming
14:30 Break
14:45 Data Structures
15:45 Day 1 Wrap Up

12 October: Day 2

13:00 Day 1 Re-Cap
13:30 Controls & Loops
14:30 Break
14:45 Graphics
15:45 Day 2 Wrap Up

19 October: Day 3

13:00 Day 2 Re-Cap
13:30 Statistical Methods
14:30 Break
14:45 Applied Analysis
15:45 Day 3 Wrap Up & Conclusion


To participate in a workshop, you will need access to the software described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.

We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.


R is a programming language that is especially powerful for data exploration, visualization, and statistical analysis. To interact with R, we use RStudio.


Video Tutorial

Install R by downloading and running this .exe file from CRAN. Also, please install the RStudio IDE. Note that if you have separate user and admin accounts, you should run the installers as administrator (right-click on .exe file and select "Run as administrator" instead of double-clicking). Otherwise problems may occur later, for example when installing R packages.

Mac OS X

Video Tutorial

Install R by downloading and running this .pkg file from CRAN. Also, please install the RStudio IDE.


You can download the binary files for your distribution from CRAN. Or you can use your package manager (e.g. for Debian/Ubuntu run sudo apt-get install r-base and for Fedora run sudo yum install R). Also, please install the RStudio IDE.