R is a powerful, open source statistics package, essential for the modern data scientist. R also comes with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) packages to allow users to interact with geographic data. This allows for seamless integration of statistical analysis, data visualization, and any spatially-dependent analysis of data. I will introduce the basics of how to use these packages and interact with common data types.
Topics will include:
• How to download and access shape files and raster files-Different types of files (e.g. shape file and a raster file)
• How to plot geographic data nicely
• How to alter, save, and create data files
• How to combine with demographic data
I'm trying to keep this fairly basic, but let me know if there are particular topics you'd like to see covered.