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Many findings in the behavioural and social sciences are based on statistics. To obtain these statistics, it is often necessary to use statistical software. In this course, students will learn how to work with the statistical program and language R. Various topics will be treated, all focused on enabling the students to independently work with R in future courses and research projects. Specific topics include loading, cleaning, visualizing, and analysing data, and writing basic algorithms.

This course provides students with the basic skills necessary to clean and analyse data in a reproducible way. These abilities will be of use in all future courses (e.g., structural equation modelling and analysis of multi-level models) and projects (e.g., First Year Paper, Traineeship 3, Master’s Thesis) that involve data analysis.