This workshop aims at giving an introduction to programming (with R) to the biologists of EMBL (and others). This course gives the fundamentals of programming focusing on biological problems. The intuition behind the code is favored at the expense of formal definitions. You will find in this material definition of concepts with exercises. This is a 'hands on' workshop, just ask if you need any help. Try the commands yourself, this is the best way to learn.

"I am just going to read the material, I will try the commands later". I would not recommend this. I like to compare programming to playing an instrument. Reading every single book about music will not turn you into Miles Davis! So practice and play with the code as much as you can!

This course is largely based on the following materials:

  1. Introduction to R from openclassrooms (in French)
  2. R documentation on CRAN
  3. Introduction to R by Bernd Klaus

I also highly recommend the books of Hadley Wickham. You can find his books on his website for free!

Nicolas Descostes

This lesson is made available under the MIT License. Feel free to use, copy, modify, merge, publish, distribute, sublicense. If you do so, I will be happy to know, drop me an email.

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