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Introduction to R: from Basics to Simple Functions

April 30th, 2021

Join us for an interactive workshop that will be conducted by Dr. Tim Elrick, Director of McGill’s Geographic Information Centre (GIC).

The event will be tailored to QART fellows who are interested in learning R, which is a statistical tool for analyzing and interpreting data science. It will be a one-day virtual workshop, which will be broken into two parts:

  • Part 1: The morning portion of this workshop will provide students with an introduction to R, which will be particularly relevant to students who have little-to-no experience with this tool.
  • Part 2: The afternoon portion of this workshop will be a continuation of Part 1 and consist of a deeper dive into R and involve learning how to run some simple statistical analyses with a provided psychology related dataset (e.g., how to handle missing data, run descriptive statistics, how to better represent results visually, etc.).

To enhance the learning experience, interactive activities and one-to-one support will be provided throughout the workshop. In order to accommodate students with varying levels of knowledge of R, fellows can choose to attend either part 1, part 2 or both!

Learning objectives:

Attendees will learn:

  • the purpose of R and its advantages/disadvantages compared to other statistical tools;
  • how to manipulate a dataset in R;
  • how to perform statistical functions that are relevant for autism researchers;
  • how to create graphs and tables to present research findings.

Speaker’s bio:

Dr. Tim Elrick is the current director of the Geographic Information Centre, which actively provides one-day and multi-day courses in an effort to support members of the McGill Community who use statistical tools. Dr. Elrick is an experienced facilitator of online workshops for R.

This workshop is organized by the following QART fellows:

Hadas Dahary (Doctoral Candidate at McGill University), Jeffrey McCrossin (Doctoral Candidate at McGill University), Alexia Ostrolenk (Doctoral Candidate at Université de Montréal), and Domenico Tullo (Post-doctoral Fellow at Université de Montréal)

A few words on the organizers:

Hadas Dahary is a 4th-year Ph.D. candidate at McGill University who is interested in learning R for the purpose of analyzing her doctoral research data on music perception for children and adolescents on the autism spectrum.

Jeffrey McCrossin is a PhD candidate at McGill’s School of Social Work and works in private practice as a couple and family therapist. He is studying interventions fostering resilience in families of children with neurodisabilities.

Alexia Ostrolenk is a PhD candidate in Psychiatric Science at Université de Montréal. Her research is on reading acquisition and language development of autistic children. She is new to R and would really like to improve her data analysis abilities.

Domenico Tullo is a postdoctoral research associate at Université de Montréal. His research is centered on examining the effectiveness of an attention training intervention as a function of genetic biomarkers and individual differences in brain functions. Over the past two years, Domenico has been using R for data aggregation, statistical analyses, and visualizations.

April 30th, 2021
Part 1: 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Part 2: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Online Event–this link will be made available to those who register

Target Audience
This event is open to QART fellows and TACC student members only

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