SoDA Workshop Series - Introduction to Data Science with R (Workshop 7: Functions)

Workshop 7: Functions
When Oct 26, 2017
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where B001 Sparks -- The Databasement
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-267-2720
Attendees All interested members of the PSU community are welcome to attend.
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Workshop 7: Functions

In this workshop, we will start to think about writing R code that is useful for more than just the specific task we are doing at the moment. In R, functions are way of taking some code that works for one task, and making it easily applicable to other similar tasks. We have already encountered functions (like sum()), and we will learn how to define our own functions. Functions also allow us to build in automatic checks that we are not making data management mistakes, and we will go through a function template to make this easier going forward. Functions are great, lets learn how to use them!

 
General Information about the Workshop Series

Do you want to develop the skills to program and manage data using R? If so, this workshop series is for you! We will be meeting (almost) weekly for an hour throughout the semester to cover everything from basic R programming up through big data analytics and high performance computing. This workshop series will start with several weeks introducing R and basic R programming, so no prior experience is required (only a laptop). We will then move on to a series of workshops on reading in, cleaning, transforming, and combining multiple, complex datasets (including text and social network data) -- using our newfound R programming skills. Once we have the basics of data mangament down, we will cover web-based data collection, both from traditional web pages, and from the Twitter API. Finally, we will get into performance and scalability issues, and go over the steps for accessing the ICS cluster resources at Penn State.

These workshops will be offered (most) Thursdays during the Fall 2017 semester from 12:00-1:00 in Sparks B001 (The DataBasement). Directions to the DataBasement here: http://bdss.psu.edu/pdf-folder/finding-the-sparks-databasement . Bring laptop! 

The instructor for the workshop is Matt Denny, who can be contacted at mdenny@psu.edu.

Materials (including slides, video tutorial, and pictorial tutorial) are available on the workshop website: https://github.com/matthewjdenny/SoDA-Workshop-Series-Introduction-to-Data-Science. 

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