R Fundamentals - Part II

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This 3-part workshop series led by DSI Director and Professor of Statistics Duncan Temple Lang explores the underlying computational model of the R language. It is strongly encouraged, although not required, that you attend all three sessions as they build upon each other. A longer version of this series was taught in the DSI as a mini-course in summer 2017.

The aim of this series is to help participants understand the relatively small but fundamental computational model underlying the R language. This will help you reason about code before you write and run it, and to debug it if it doesn't do what you want. A sound understanding of this computational model makes programming in R much easier and more productive. Basically, we want you to understand how the R interpreter works.


This is not an introduction to R. Participants are expected to have an elementary understanding and prior experience using R, be comfortable with basic R syntax, and to have it pre-installed and running on their laptops. This series is appropriate for motivated beginners as well as intermediate to advanced users who want a better understanding of base R. It is open to UC Davis faculty, graduate students, postdocs, staff, and undergraduates; DSI affiliates receive priority registration.