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Programming and statistical modelling in R

Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at University of Copenhagen

Aim and content

This is a generic course. This means that the course is reserved for PhD students at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences at UCPH. Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not enroled as a PhD student at the Graduate School, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrolment deadline. After the enrolment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

The course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School). All other participants must pay the course fee.

Learning objectives
The aim of the course is to make the participants able to
• use programming principles (loops and functions) to handle repetitive tasks
• use functions in R
• use loops in R
• do efficient data manipulation and aggregation

The course covers use of the statistical software package R. The aim is to take the intermediate R user to the next level, and make use of programming techniques for more efficient use of R. A key focus in on introducing loops and functions. The course will have four half-day lectures after which the students will work on some exercises. This will give the students a chance to use and work with different aspects of R. Each week before the solution of the exercises are discussed, we will have an exercise hour (office hour) where students can come and interact as well as get help with solving the exercises.

Ph.D.-students and health researchers with a basic knowledge of statistics corresponding to the course on basic statistics for health researchers and with a good working knowledge of R, e.g., as obtained by having already followed an introductory course on R. Participants are expected to bring their own laptop with R installed for the exercises. Max. 20 participants.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

All graduate programmes

Danish or English.

Lectures in four half days, four optional exercise hours placed as one each week.

Course director
Associate Professor Thomas Scheike, Section of Biostatistics

Professor Thomas Scheike, professor Thomas Gerds and other members of the staff at the Section of Biostatistics.

31 January, 7, 21 and 28 February 2018, all days 8-12.
Optional exercise hours: 5, 12, 19, 26 February 2018, all days 8-10.

Course location

Registration: Please register before 31 December 2017

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.


Course dates
31 January 2018 - 28 February 2018
Professor Thomas Scheike

1,6 points

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