February 1st to 5th 2016
Olhão, Portugal
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Intermediate R

Workshop: Non statistics with R

Background: Many users think of R as a statistics system. Furthermore, it is an environment within which statistical techniques are implemented. R can be extended (easily) via packages, covering a very wide range of modern statistics and much more.

Objective: To discover new and interesting capabilities that R can provided us, such as GIS, modelling, text processor, automation and easy programming.

Methodology: We will start with some foundations and advance through the different capabilities that can be implemented or created. R programming and tasks automation. Statistical reports. Analysis of vector and raster cartography.

Requirements: Participants should attend with their own PC and have the last version of R installed (https://www.cran.r-project.org/). It is also recommended to install Rstudio (https://www.rstudio.com/). Previous experience with the software is required.

Expected learning outcomes: The focus of this workshop will be on giving the participants practical experience with the software. Course material will be provided during a practical sessions.This course does not intend to be a full introduction to statistics. The objective is to demonstrate the power of open source statistical software, providing hands-on experience and enabling participants to understand and use the software on their own problems.

Non statistics with R is scheduled for the afternoon session on Monday 1st February (full) and will be repeated on Tuesday 2nd February 2016.

Trainer: Fernando G. Cánovas

Fernando Cánovas is a postdoctoral fellowship who belongs to the Marine Resources Management Team (http://www.maresma.org) at the Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMar). He is interested in solving questions about biology and evolution of species and populations by integrating genetic and quantitative ecology tools. He leads the Open Marine Technology and Engenering laboratory (OpenMarTech), which is part of MaResMa team since 2015 (http://www.maresma.org/#!openmartech/jwmox). OpenMarTech is dedicated to research about use and adaptation of open source technologies in marine research at both software and hardware levels. The relevance of developing research in this field results from the fact that those technologies have been dramatically expand the possibilities to develop new tools and concepts. With a multidisciplinary team, OpenMarTech is organized around the development of research tools (both hardware and software), and activities (both fundamental and applied levels), complemented by the promotion of dissemination actions.