Workshop materials

Data Exploration and Display with R


Software and materials for the workshop on Data Exploration and Display with R, Kuala Lumpur, 12-15 March 2018

Group photo

Before the workshop

Before the workshop, please do the following:

  1. Check the operating system on your LAPTOP: you should have Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac 10.11 (El Capitan) or later; or Ubuntu Trusty or Xenial. Our software will not work on Windows XP or 'big cat' versions on Mac. If you have a Mac, you will need the XQuartz utility installed.
  2. Download and install the necessary software (see below) on your laptop, in particular the R program. If you need help from the IT department to install software, ask them to go to http://bcss.org.my/software/ for more details. If you already have these installed, check that you have recent versions.
  3. For this workshop, we would like to work with participants' own data sets. Please do bring your data with you. If you have data sets that you would be prepared to share with the rest of the group, that would be excellent. You may need to check with others in your organisation before sharing.


R software

  • Download and install R statistical software. You should have version 3.4.1 or later; if you have an old version please install the newest (currently 3.4.3).
  • After installing R, install some packages that we will need. Open R and copy-paste the following into the R window:
    install.packages(c("wiqid", "shiny", "plotrix", "vioplot", "beanplot", "scatterplot3d", "rgl","beeswarm", "TeachingDemos"))
    A box may pop up asking about personal libraries: click Yes. You will need to select a mirror web site near you, or choose 0-cloud, which is a world-wide network.

    If you get a message asking "Do you want to install from sources...", just type "n" and press enter.

If you have problems installing R packages, don't worry: we can fix this at the beginning of the workshop.

A spreadsheet program

You should have either

  • LibreOffice Calc (which is free software); or
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 or later.

Other spreadsheet programs will likely work just as well, but we haven't tried them.

A PDF reader

  • You need a PDF Reader which allows you to annotate PDFs, such as Adobe Reader.

The instructor team

Ngumbang Juat, BCSS staff and gibbon researcher.

Chee Pheng, senior researcher with WCS Malaysia.

Mike Meredith, BCSS and WCS, background in park and wildlife management.


Page updated 5 March 2018 by Mike Meredith