A non-mathematical and entirely equation-free talk on visualizing and analysing spatial data in R. I'll discuss the different types of spatial data, the main R packages needed for the analysis of those types, and present a selection of examples from a wide range of application areas. I'll briefly illustrate how R can be used to visualize data in other software such as Google Earth and Quantum GIS. We'll look at geological data, rainforests, cancer cases, biological cells, and maps of our favourite Australian state. And I don't mean New South Wales.
Alec Stephenson is a Lecturer at Swinburne University of Technology, a former Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore and a former post-doc at Macquarie University. Alec is a mathematician, statistician and programmer, and wrote several R packages when he was a PhD student at Lancaster University, U.K., following undergraduate training at Warwick and Oxford. These days he selfishly only writes code for himself, and has given all his publicly available software away to other people who are younger and cleverer. He is looking forward to becoming an Australian citizen in 2012.