Before beginning the book, you will need to download the R software and then the RStudio software R is the brains and RStudio1 is an “IDE” (something that helps us work with R much more easily).

Once both are installed (helps on installing the software can be found on,, and you are good to go. The remainder of the book will be about actually using it.

The book is divided into three parts.

Part I

  1. Chapter 1: The Basics
  2. Chapter 2: Working with and Cleaning Your Data
  3. Chapter 3: Understanding Your Data (summary statistics, ggplot2)

Part II

  1. Chapter 4: Basic Statistical Analyses (T-tests, ANOVA, Linear Regression)
  2. Chapter 5: Generalized Linear Models
  3. Chapter 6: Multilevel Modeling
  4. Chapter 7: Other Modeling Techniques

Part III

  1. Chapter 8: Advanced data manipulation
  2. Chapter 9: Advanced plotting
  3. Chapter 10: Where to go from here

At the end of the book, you should be able to: 1) use R to perform your data cleaning and data analyses and 2) understand online helps (e.g., so your potential in R becomes nearly limitless.


  1. Get the free version of Rstudio. Believe me, it doesn’t feel like it should be free software.

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