Here is a list of R packages that will be used during the course. Please download them and their dependencies to your computer before you arrive at Friday Harbor. We may add to this list during the course.
Some of the programs we will be using have been compiled for Windows. To get them to work on Unix machines (e.g., Macs and Linux distributions) you need to use wine, an open source application. Information about wine can be found here. It can take about 30-45 minutes for wine to install, depending on your internet connection, so be sure to have it installed and ready to go before the first day.
In Exercise 1.2 we provide tips for downloading wine for both Mac OS X and Ubuntu.
Write a comment below if you are having trouble downloading and installing wine on your machine.
I have attached some files below which may help if you are new to R. The first two files are from a past workshop run by Marguerite Butler; you should start with these. Other files show you how to install packages into R on your laptop (read them before the course) and provide general reference information. A general way to get help in R when you are stuck is to enter a query in Google. For example, if you can’t figure out how to do labels on plots, type something like ‘Adding labels in R’. You can also get help within R by typing a ? followed by a noun that is the name of an object in R. In general, if you are writing a program, the simplest way forward is to find a program that does something close to what you want. Modify that program in small steps, testing after each change, until you get to where you need to be.-SJA
R is a free statistical computing program that will be used throughout the course. If you haven’t done so already, please download R and install it on your computer from this site before June 5th. If you already use R you might want to install the most up-to-date version so that new package installations are easier. -SJA