To make full use of the development data revolution, statisticians must take advantage of technological advancement and innovative approaches to data collection, analysis and dissemination to improve the way they analyse and disseminate statistics and thereby encourage wider use of statistics.
PARIS21 is committed to help statistical systems to improve their data dissemination practices as a means of promoting evidence-based policy-making and decisions at the country level. With the aim of sustaining the capacity building program for statistical systems, PARIS21 partners with national and regional institutions in training activities on data communication and visualisation.
The workshops serve as a venue for collaboration between statisticians to adopt the data visualisation tools and ensure wider use in the statistical system. To tailor the content to local training requirements, participants are invited to take a short pre-course survey.
|11:00 - 12:00||1. Examples and Overview of Tools for Data Visualisations
|13:30 - 14:30||2. Best Practices for Data Visualisations
R reference card
|14:45 - 16:00||3. Workflow of Statistical Data Analysis: A Demonstration
|16:15 - 17:15||4. Hands-on Breakout Sessions: Interactive Data Visualisations
|09:00 - 10:15||5. Interactive reports
|10:30 - 11:45||6. Hands-on Breakout Sessions (cont'd)
|13:30 - 15:00||7. Hands-on Breakout Sessions (cont'd)
|15:15 - 16:30||8. Next Steps: Finding Help and Resources
For the lab sessions we will use the open source software environment R. I think that it is helpful to coordinate on one environment. R has the advantage of being free and rather powerful. Read about R in this New York Times article.
- Download and install R from r-project.org:
Downloadon left side, click:
- Choose a local mirror in the UK, e.g., London or Bristol.
- Choose platform, e.g. Windows, Linux or OSX (MAC)
- Under Windows, select
base(Binaries for base distribution)
Download R 3.2.3 for Windows(62 megabytes) to save and run Setup program: R-3.2.3-win62.exe
- Documentation for R is provided via the build in
??(use, for example,
??plotin the console) but also through the R manual Homepage. Useful tools from the CRAN project are An Introduction to R and the R Reference Card. Other manuals are available on the website.
- If you are new to R, I recommend working through W.J. Owen’s R tutorial. It is easy to read and tries to explain R with the help of examples from basic statistics.
I also recommend using RStudio as a front end.
- Download and install RStudio from rstudio.com:
- In the homepage, click :
RStudio Desktop, select the Open Source Edition and click
Download RStudio Desktop
- Under “Installers for Supported Platforms”, select
- Open the document in your download file and follow the instruction for installation.
- In the homepage, click :
- To update an older version of RStudio
- Via the web: The latest stable versions of RStudio Desktop and Server can be found here.
- Via RStudio: You can also check for new versions of RStudio within RStudio. Go to the
Helpmenu and click
Check for Updates. This is the most conservative method to look for updates; new versions are posted to the web site frequently, but RStudio support team does not advertise them to existing installations as often.
Many of the packages require that you have Rtools installed in addition to base R.
To get the latest stable version of a package from CRAN:
To get the most recent development version of a package from GitHub:
install.packages("devtools") devtools::install_github("author/packagename") library(packagename)
For example, to use the rCharts and rMaps packages, you do
devtools::install_github("author/packagename") install_github('ramnathv/rCharts') install_github('ramnathv/rMaps') library(rCharts) library(rMaps)