Warwick Q-Step Masterclass: Reproducible Analyses in R: What, Why & How

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Scarman Conference and Training Centre

University of Warwick


United Kingdom

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Although places are free to students, the Q-Step Centre incurs substantial costs for these events which cannot be refunded in the event that registered students do not turn up on the day. Please make every effort to inform us in advance of the event if you are unable to attend or you can cancel your place directly on Eventbrite.

The Warwick Q-Step Centre is delighted to host this Masterclass on Reproducible Analyses in R, delivered by Dr Tom August - Computational Ecologist at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH).

This Masterclass is aimed primarily at postgraduate students on our 3 Quantitative Social Science degrees. Final year Q-Step undergraduate students, interested in learning enhancement opportunities, are also invited to attend. Depending on numbers we may be able to open the event up to PG students in other relevant subject areas throughout the University.

Reproducible analyses in R: What, Why & How

Many members of the scientific community believe we are in the midst of a reproducibility crisis. Recent publications have highlighted our inability to repeat the results of high profile papers in medicine, psychology, and other subject areas contributing to a degradation of trust in published scientific research.

In this one day course we will discuss new approaches to data analytics that ensure the research we do stands up to higher standards of reproducibility, focussing on the programming language R. We will discuss what reproducibility means to different people and how it has become a big issue in quantitative research. We will explore why we should care about reproducibility both ethically and personal, and will explore the tools and techniques that are available to help us make our work reproducible.

The majority of the day will be spent exploring the tools available to us. The aim is to give you an insight into the range of tools and techniques available with pointer to where you can find out more information after the course. We will cover:

  • Managing files and folders

  • Coding etiquette

  • Functions

  • Packages

  • Unit tests

  • Licenses

  • Rmarkdown

  • Shiny

  • Git

  • Github

Required knowledge:

A basic knowledge of R is required, including loading r packages and undertaking simple data manipulation.

Required Software:

This must be done before you arrive;


R packages (how to install r-packages):

  • knitr

  • shiny

  • rmarkdown

  • testthat

PLEASE NOTE: This event is for Warwick University students only. There is no option to attend parts of the Masterclass, you must be able to attend for the whole day.

Attendance is free and refreshments, including lunch, will be provided. Registration is required as places are strictly limited. So book your place now!

Further information about the Warwick Q-Step Masterclass Programme 2019/20 can be found on our website.

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Scarman Conference and Training Centre

University of Warwick


United Kingdom

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