November 12, 2019

Workshop with Dr Tatjana Kecojevic: Reproducible Research with R

We have all experienced seeing others presenting their research as either a slideshow presentation, blog post, book or journal article. Looking at the figures and tables without being able to run computational experiments to probe the results presented, effectively limits the scope for understanding the magnitude of the available knowledge within scientific studies. Allowing others to replicate, test, reuse, extend and build on published research results can accelerate the rate in which scientific development drives cultural and technical innovation. Adopting and applying open and transparent approaches to research is integral to genuinely rigorous analysis and adds to the material value of one’s research. In view of this, the presentation of the available code, data and algorithms should be available to scrutiny and possible connectivity to wider research projects. In this workshop we will introduce you to open source software R and GitHub that could serve as a tool for reproducible research. R has become essential in the research itself and in communicating its results to the community at large. It is free public domain software that is available to anyone with a desire to discover, learn, explore, experience, expand and share the algorithms of their research science journey. You will learn how to use RStudio IDE for R from its installation to RStudio customisation and files navigation. RStudio supports working with Git, an open source distributed version control system, which is easy to use when combined with GitHub, a web-based Git repository hosting service. We will introduce you to GitHub and you will become acquainted with good practice when incorporating the use of Git into your R project workflow. Once you get comfortable with the RStudio working environment you will be shown how to turn your research analyses into high quality documents and presentations with R Markdown. You will be designing reproducible reports by automating the reporting process, learning how to take a modern approach to telling your data story. With the knowledge from this workshop you will be able to create reports straight from your R code allowing you to document your analysis and its results as an HTML, pdf, slideshow or Microsoft Word document.

By presenting some simple, but informative examples we will illustrate how reproducible research can become common practice for researchers when using a simple and freely available tool. This workshop will benefit anyone who wants to discover effective and attractive ways to communicate their research outcomes. You might wish to bring your own laptop with the latest version of R and RStudio installed. We hope you will join us!

Tatjana Kecojevic holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Manchester. She spent many years working in the U.K. university sector as a senior lecturer and has published an extensive number of articles and papers in the field of quantile regression. Tatjana is the founder and co-organizer of R-Ladies Manchester, Belgrade and Novi Sad Chapters, leader of the R-Forwards team and WiDS ambassador. She is the founder and director of the SisterAnalyst organization which aims to empower women irrespective of their backgrounds, through data literacy. Tatjana is the initiator of numerous initiatives aimed at empowering the participation of not only women but young people, LGBT people and other underrepresented groups within the R and DS community.

Posted in Uncategorized