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Course overview

This interactive R course for beginners teaches fundamental data analysis skills and helps you begin your journey to become a successful data professional.

In this course, you’ll learn to use basic arithmetic; write code using R syntax; and work with different data types, values, and vectors in the data analysis workflow, including data exploration, manipulation, analysis, and visualization with R.
Best of all, you’ll learn by doing — you’ll write code and get feedback directly in the browser.

Key skills

  • Executing calculations using arithmetic operators
  • Performing basic R operations, such as creating and naming variables
  • Completing the data workflow
  • Writing computer programs using R

Course outline

Introduction to Data Analysis in R [5 lessons]

Introduction to Programming in R 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Implement R programming syntax basics
  • Identify data types
  • Perform calculations using common arithmetic operators

Arithmetic Expressions and Variables in R 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Perform calculations using arithmetics operators
  • Save values using variables
  • Update variables
  • Process numerical data

Logical Expressions in R 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Perform calculations using relational operators
  • Perform calculations using logical operators
  • Employ logical expression

Data Manipulation with R: Basics 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Identify why tidyverse packages are essential for data analysis
  • Import a dataset in R
  • Explore the dataset
  • Visualize the data

Project: Install RStudio 1h

Lesson Objectives
  • Install RStudio
  • Practice programming
  • Improve your data analysis workflow using RStudio

Projects in this course

Project: Install RStudio

Learn how to install and use RStudio, a free and open-source development environment for R.

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Build your project portfolio

Build your project portfolio

Build confidence with our in-depth projects, and show off your data skills.

Challenge yourself with exercises

Challenge yourself with exercises

Work with real data from day one with interactive lessons and hands-on exercises.

Showcase your path certification

Showcase your path certification

Impress employers by completing a capstone project and certifying it with an expert review.

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“Dataquest starts at the most basic level, so a beginner can understand the concepts. I tried learning to code before, using Codecademy and Coursera. I struggled because I had no background in coding, and I was spending a lot of time Googling. Dataquest helped me actually learn.”


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Machine Learning Engineer at Twitter

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