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"R Beginner" Bootcamp


Will take breaks accordingly based on feedback from everyone. At tonight's test run I asked folks about snacks and the feedback was to both have folks bring their snacks of choice, and to also have some snack bars, fruit as backup. Microsoft NERD provides soda and has some Keurig-like coffee machines. Please let me know if you have any questions.

09:00 Acknowledgements, Overview - 5 min

09:05 R-Paradigm - 5 min

09:10 R-Studio - 30 min

09:40 Data Management- 30 min

10:10 Break - 10 min

10:20 Data Management - 20 min

10:40 Functions - 30 min

11:10 Break - 10 min

11:20 Graphics - 50 min

12:10 Advanced Stats - 10 min

12:20 Recap - 5 min

12:25 Closing Remarks - 5 min

Please arrive at the workshop with R, RStudio loaded on your laptop. Some links for each depending on your operating system are here:


R can be dowloaded from The Comprehensive R Archive Network (


Download RStudio Desktop from their site:

This 3.5 hour course is the first in a series of hands-on workshops focused on learning R which is fast becoming an essential tool for data mining, machine learning, predictive analytics, and traditional statistics. Facebook, Google, and the New York Times all use R for complex data analysis as well as elaborate graphics; and numerous employers are actively seeking strong R skills.

The workshop is designed to get folks up and running, and will cover the basics of R including data management and moving real-world data in and out, performing analytics and generating data visualizations using various graphic packages. After completing this hands-on workshop, you'll have a foundation for moving onto more extensive analysis in R.

The workshop is being taught by David Weisman and Joseph Kambourakis. David Weisman has consulted in computer science and software engineering for 25 years and has also earned his Ph.D. in molecular biology, focused heavily in bioinformatics and big data mining. He uses R extensively throughout his work. Joseph Kambourakis is the instructor of EMC's data scientist class. We will also be receiving help from Ming Shan, who, is a Vice President of Marketing Science at GfK, which is a large, national market research firm. Ming has been using R for severals, and last December he presented "Decision Trees" at a R User Group and Predictive Analytics event.

Many thanks to Microsoft NERD for hosting this event. Hope to see you there!

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  • Akia R.

    It was a great session; however, at time the pace was too fast, especially for those4 with little to no programming skills.

    December 3, 2012

  • James C.

    This was my first Meetup workshop and introduction to R. I couldn't believe I actually enjoyed going to a "Saturday morning class" that lasted 3+ hours. Thank you, John, Joseph and David! Looking forward to R intermediate!

    December 2, 2012

  • Dan R.

    very good

    December 1, 2012

  • Costas

    I learned a lot from it

    December 1, 2012

  • Macy C.

    Great Intros, Prezos, and Great code examples. Thanks for all the files!!!

    December 1, 2012

  • John V.

    no, unfortunately we cannot take any walk-ins as we are at Microsoft's requested capacity. we plan to take attendance via a sign-up sheet and getting an overall count.

    November 30, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      cool, thanks! i will certainly return the favor as soon as possible :)

      November 30, 2012

    • John V.

      Hi Michal, Sophie, and Ben; I appreciate the community discussion; however the RSVPs are closed. As I had mentioned earlier we are at (actually slightly over) Microsoft's capacity. Michal if you un-RSVP you will get a refund; however we do not have room for several people trying to attend when we already over capacity. This means if you attend then another person will be angry as they won't have a seat. We plan to have repeat sessions asap. Thanks. John

      December 1, 2012

  • David M.

    If you're planning to take the T to Kendall tomorrow, be aware that the Red Line is not operating between Alewife and Harvard. MBTA will be running buses.

    November 30, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it safe to assume that we will be able to attend if we show up tomorrow, despite the event being at capacity?

    November 30, 2012

  • Todd

    What time will NERD let us in in the morning?

    November 30, 2012

  • John V.

    I have set up an event page for the next beginner workshop. I had asked the instructors before about webcast or video (as I see the sessions as their content). The feedback was both positive and not positive, and so without a consensus a decision was made not to webcast. Sorry - I realize with today's technology this is possible, and so I do have plans next year to hopefully work through this.

    November 27, 2012

  • Jim F.

    There's a lot of interest, might you webcast this for those who want to play along at home?

    November 25, 2012

  • John V.

    Yes. Saturday December 1st from 1:00 to 4:30. We are working on the agenda, and will announce it soon, i.e. within 1-4 days. There may still also be a second Beginner R Bootcamp; however we first need to get the Python and Machine Learning sessions set up.

    November 7, 2012

  • Francesca G.

    Is the intermediate R bootcamp still happening?

    November 7, 2012

  • Venkat B.

    Hoping the organizer can do something for the wait listed candidates

    November 3, 2012

  • sean s.

    how to sign up?

    October 24, 2012

  • Smita

    I have already signed up and would be willing to pay an extra $5 to do it sooner than 12/1. I would prefer it on a weekend.

    October 13, 2012

  • Raphael F.

    I'd love to attend if any space opens up, or the event can be expanded. Thanks for keeping me posted!

    October 7, 2012

  • John V.

    Apologies for the delay in getting to these. John, the seminar will be project-based that focused on core R functions to write a script that goes from data input, management, basic analytics, and then visualization.

    Lillian, yes, with the PAW event done, I will be working with everyone on what date(s) would work well.

    Hi Michelle and Naima, last bootcamp a few people had to change plans, and that opened up spots, and so am thinking things should be fine. Best Regards, John

    October 3, 2012

  • Naima D.

    I have joined the group recently, and I would love to attend the R BootCamp.
    Would that be possible to have more spots?

    October 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey- we have 80 people in attendance. Can we lock down a date?

    October 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to do this. Is it really full?

    September 30, 2012

  • john G.

    I just want to learn the R program. What's the focus on the Seminar? Program or statistical method?

    1 · September 12, 2012

  • John V.

    It is the same seminar as a couple weeks ago. Its being repeated since the 8/4 workshops sold out; and also there are new folks who continually join the group and they might be interested.

    August 13, 2012

  • Pranav B.

    Is this different (content wise) than the seminar that was a couple of weeks ago?

    August 13, 2012

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