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15+ Hours of Video Instruction
R Programming Data Analyst Learning Path, is a tour through the most important parts of R, the statistical programming language, from the very basics to complex modeling. It covers reading data, programming basics, visualization, data munging, regression, classification, clustering, modern machine learning, network analysis, web graphics, and techniques for dealing with large data, both in memory and in databases.
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This 15hour video teaches you how to program in R even if you are unfamiliar with statistical techniques. It starts with the basics of using R and progresses into data manipulation and model building. Users learn through handson practice with the code and techniques. New material covers chaining commands, faster data manipulation, new ways to read rectangular data into R, testing code, and the hot package Shiny.
Based on a course on R and Big Data taught by the author at Columbia
 Designed from the ground up to help viewers quickly overcome R’s learning curve
 Packed with handson practice opportunities and realistic, downloadable code examples
 Presented by an author with unsurpassed experience teaching statistical programming and modeling to novices
 For every potential R user: programmers, data scientists, DBAs, marketers, quants, scientists, policymakers, and many others
About the Instructor
Jared P. Lander is the Chief Data Scientist of Lander Analytics, the organizer of the New York Open Statistical Programming Meetup (formerly the R Meetup) and an adjunct professor of Statistics at Columbia University. With a masters from Columbia University in statistics and a bachelors from Muhlenberg College in mathematics, he has experience in both academic research and industry. He specializes in data management, multilevel models, machine learning, generalized linear models, data management, visualization, and statistical computing. He is the author of R for Everyone, a book about R Programming geared toward data scientists and nonstatisticians alike. Very active in the data community, Jared is a frequent speaker at conferences, universities, and meetups around the world. He is a member of the Strata New York selection committee.
Skill Level
 Beginner
 Intermediate
 Advanced
 Installing R
 Basic math
 Working with variables and different data types
 Matrix algebra
 data.frames
 Reading data
 Data aggregation and manipulation
 plyr
 dplyr
 Making statistical graphs
 Manipulate text
 Automatically generate reports and slideshows
 Display data with popular JavaScript libraries
 Build Shiny dashboards
 Build R packages
 Incorporate C++ for faster code
 Basic statistics
 Linear models
 Generalized linear models
 Model validation
 Decision trees
 Random forests
 Bootstrap
 Time series analysis
 Clustering
 Network analysis
 Automatic parameter tuning
 Bayesian regression using Stan
Part 1 of the lessons is geared toward people who are new to either R or programming in general.
Part 2 is for R programmers who already have an intermediate level of knowledge such as that gained from Reading R for Everyone or from viewing Part 1.
Course Requirements
 Basic Programming Skills
Part 1: R as a Tool
Lesson 1. Getting Started with R
R can only be used after installation, which fortunately is just as simple as installing any other program. In this lesson, you learn about where to download R, how to decide on the best version, how to install it, and you get familiar with its environment, using RStudio as a front end. We also take a look at the package system.
Lesson 2. The Basic Building Blocks in R
R is a flexible and robust programming language, and using it requires understanding how it handles data. We learn about performing basic math in R, storing various types of data in variables such as numeric, integer, character, and timebased and calling functions on the data.
Lesson 3. Advanced Data Structures in R
Like many other languages, R offers more complex storage mechanisms such as vectors, arrays, matrices, and lists. We take a look at those and the data.frame, a special storage type that strongly resembles a spreadsheet and is part of what makes working with data in R such a pleasure.
Lesson 4. Reading Data into R
Data is abundant in the world, so analyzing it is just a matter of getting the data into R. There are many ways of doing so, the most common being reading from a CSV file or database. We cover these techniques, and also importing from other statistical tools, scraping websites, and reading Excel files.
Lesson 5. Making Statistical Graphs
Visualizing data is a crucial part of data science both in the discovery phase and when reporting results. R has long been known for its capability to produce compelling plots, and Hadley Wickham’s ggplot2 package makes it even easier to produce better looking graphics. We cover histograms scatterplots, boxplots, line charts, and more, in both base graphics and ggplot2 and then explore newer packages ggvis and rCharts.
Lesson 6. Basics of Programming
R has all the standard components of a programming language such as writing functions, if statements and loops, all with their own caveats and quirks. We start with the requisite “Hello, World!” function and learn about arguments to functions, the regular if statement and the vectorized version, and how to build loops and why they should be avoided.
Lesson 7. Data Munging
Data scientists often bemoan that 80% of their work is manipulating data. As such, R has many tools for this, which are, contrary to what Python users may say, easy to use. We see how R excels at group operations using apply, lapply, and the plyr package. We also take a look at its facilities for joining, combining, and rearranging data. Then we speed that up with tidyr, data.table, and dplyr.
Lesson 8. InDepth with dplyr
dplyr has become such an indispensible tool, nearly superseding plyr, that it is worth devoting extra attention to. So we examine its select, filter, mutate, group_by and summarize functions, among others.
Lesson 9. Manipulating Strings
Text data is becoming more pervasive in the world, and fortunately, R provides ways for both combining text and ripping it apart, which we walk through. We also examine R’s extensive regular expression capabilities.
Lesson 10. Reports and Slideshows with knitr
Successfully delivering the results of an analysis can be just as important as the analysis itself, so it is important to communicate them in an effective way. In this lesson, we learn how to use knitr and rmarkdown to write both static and interactive results in the form of pdf documents, websites, HTML5 slideshows, and even Word documents.
Lesson 11. Include HTML Widgets in HTML Documents
Recent years have seen the advance of JavaScriptpowered displays of information, and the htmlwidgets package enables R to take advantage of arbitrary JavaScript libraries. In particular, we look at datatable for a tabular display of data, bokeh for rich web plots, and leaflet for powerful mapping.
Lesson 12. Shiny
Built by Rstudio, Shiny is a tool for building interactive data displays and dashboards all within R. This allows the R programmer to convey results in a compelling, userrich experience in a language he or she is familiar with.
Lesson 13. Package Building
Building packages is a great way to contribute back to the R community, and doing so has never been easier thanks to Hadley Wickham's devtools package. This lesson covers all the requirements for a package and how to go about authoring, testing, and distributing them.
Lesson 14. Rcpp for Faster Code
Sometimes pure R code is not fast enough, and extra speed is required. Rcpp enables R programmers to seamlessly integrate C++ code into their R code. We go over the basics of getting the two languages working together, write some speedy functions in C++, and even integrate C++ into R packages.
Part 2: R for Statistics, Modeling, and Machine Learning
Lesson 15. Basic Statistics
Naturally, R has all the basics when it comes to statistics such as means, variance, correlation, ttests, and ANOVAs. We look at all the different ways those can be computed.
Lesson 16. Linear Models
The workhorse of statistics is regression and its extensions. This consists of linear models, generalized linear models—including logistic and Poisson regression—and survival models. We look at how to fit these models in R and how to evaluate them using measures such as mean squared error, deviance, and AIC.
Lesson 17. Other Models
Beyond regression there are many other types of models that can be fit to data. Models covered include regularization with the elastic net, Bayesian shrinkage, nonlinear models such as nonlinear least squares, splines and generalized additive models, decision tress, and random forests.
Lesson 18. Time Series
Special care must be taken with data where there is timebased correlation, otherwise known as autocorrelation. We look at some common methods for dealing with time series such as ARIMA, VAR, and GARCH.
Lesson 19. Clustering
A focal point of modern machine learning is clustering, the partitioning of data into groups. We explore three popular methods: Kmeans, Kmedoids, and hierarchical clustering.
Lesson 20. More Machine Learning
Two areas seeing increasing interest are recommendation engines and text mining, which we illustrate with RecommenderLab, RTextTools, and the irlba package for fast matrix factorization.
Lesson 21. Network Analysis
The world is rich with network data that are nicely studied with graphical models. We show you how to analyze and visualize networks using the igraph package.
Lesson 22. Automatic Parameter Tuning with Caret
Machine learning models often have parameters that need tuning, which can significantly affect the quality of the model. The Caret package, by Max Kuhn, makes finding optimal parameter values easy to find.
Lesson 23. Fit a Bayesian Model with RStan
Bayesian data analysis uses simulations to fit both simple and complex models. Andrew Gelman’s new language, Stan, makes this faster and easier than ever before. We explore this by fitting a simple linear regression and varyingintercept multilevel model.
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Table of contents
 Introduction
 Lesson 1: Getting Started with R
 Lesson 2: The Basic Building Blocks in R
 Lesson 3: Advanced Data Structures in R
 Lesson 4: Reading Data into R

Lesson 5: Making Statistical Graphs
 Learning objectives
 5.1 Find the diamonds in the data
 5.2 Make histograms with base graphics
 5.3 Make scatterplots with base graphics
 5.4 Make boxplots with base graphics
 5.5 Get familiar with ggplot2
 5.6 Plot histograms and densities with ggplot2
 5.7 Make scatterplots with ggplot2
 5.8 Make boxplots and violin plots with ggplot2
 5.9 Make line plots
 5.10 Create small multiples
 5.11 Control colors and shapes
 5.12 Add themes to graphs
 5.13 Use Web graphics

Lesson 6: Basics of Programming
 Learning objectives
 6.1 Write the classic "Hello, World!" example
 6.2 Understand the basics of function arguments
 6.3 Return a value from a function
 6.4 Gain flexibility with do.call
 6.5 Use "if" statements to control program flow
 6.6 Stagger "if" statements with "else"
 6.7 Check multiple statements with switch
 6.8 Run checks on entire vectors
 6.9 Check compound statements
 6.10 Iterate with a for loop
 6.11 Iterate with a while loop
 6.12 Control loops with break and next

Lesson 7: Data Munging
 Learning objectives
 7.1 Repeat an operation on a matrix using apply
 7.2 Repeat an operation on a list
 7.3 Apply a function over multiple lists with mapply
 7.4 Perform group summaries with the aggregate function
 7.5 Do group operations with the plyr Package
 7.6 Combine datasets
 7.7 Join datasets
 7.8 Switch storage paradigms
 7.9 Use tidyr
 7.10 Get faster group operations
 Lesson 8: InDepth with dplyr
 Lesson 9: Manipulating Strings

Lesson 10: Reports and Slideshows with knitr
 Learning objectives
 10.1 Understand the basics of LaTeX
 10.2 Weave R code into LaTeX using knitr
 10.3 Understand the basics of Markdown
 10.4 Understand the basics of RMarkdown
 10.5 Weave R code into Markdown using knitr
 10.6 Convert Markdown files to Word
 10.7 Convert Markdown to PDF
 10.8 Create slideshows with RMarkdown
 10.9 Write equations with RMarkdown
 Lesson 11: Include HTML Widgets in HTML Documents
 Lesson 12: Shiny
 Lesson 13: Package Building
 Lesson 14: Rcpp for Faster Code
 Summary
 Introduction
 Lesson 15: Basic Statistics

Lesson 16: Linear Models
 Learning objectives
 16.1 Fit simple linear models
 16.2 Explore the data
 16.3 Fit multiple regression models
 16.4 Fit logistic regression
 16.5 Fit Poisson regression
 16.6 Analyze survival data
 16.7 Assess model quality with residuals
 16.8 Compare models
 16.9 Judge accuracy using crossvalidation
 16.10 Estimate uncertainty with the bootstrap
 16.11 Choose variables using stepwise selection
 Lesson 17: Other Models
 Lesson 18: Time Series
 Lesson 19: Clustering
 Lesson 20: More Machine Learning
 Lesson 21: Network Analysis
 Lesson 22: Automatic Parameter Tuning with Caret
 Lesson 23: Fit a Bayesian Model with RStan
 Summary
Product information
 Title: Learning Path: R Programming for Data Analysts
 Author(s):
 Release date: May 2016
 Publisher(s): AddisonWesley Professional
 ISBN: 0134661443
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