R Tutorial Website
University of Colorado Denver
Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences

We are adrift in a vast sea of data and information. IBM estimates that data volume doubles every two years worldwide. While our statistics courses focus on the methods needed to deal with this wealth of information, there is an urgent need to be able to use statistical software to carry out the analyses on large data sets. Gone are the days when analysis could be carried out with a calculator or with an Excel worksheet.

This website contains resources to teach you how to install R along with R packages, create data and upload data into R, run basic analyses and produce simple plots. The focus is for a student in their first statistics course.

Prior to beginning the video tutorials, I suggest you print the tutorial guide and download the four data sets and the example script, e.g., to your desktop. I highly recommend you work along with the tutorial in your own R session. Remember, you can always pause the video!

Practice makes perfect.

Written tutorial guide for learning the basics of R:

Data sets

Example R script:

Helpful R websites


Tutorial Videos: (Click on the video of interest.)













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This work was made possible by a Faculty Development Grant through the University of Colorado Denver, Center for Faculty Development.