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Subject: R Workshop at AFS
From: Cheryl Murphy <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Scientific forum on fish and fisheries <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 3 Jun 2008 14:25:53 -0400

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"An introduction to the program R for fisheries scientists" 

A workshop at the 2008 AFS Annual Meeting in Ottawa 

Background: The language R is a powerful open-source mathematical and
statistical software program (available for free at: The program R is becoming increasingly popular
among ecological and fisheries scientists because of (1) the extensive
number of built in tools that can be used for data analysis and modeling and
(2) the ability to easily create one's own scripting programs. The goals of
this workshop are to teach the basics for getting started in R (and using a
command line interface) as well as to introduce participants to the
capabilities of this powerful programming package. We assume that
participants have no experience in R. 



1. Perform interactive computations - use R as a calculator, assign
variables, find and use built-in functions 


2. Import data into R - enter data as well as read in datasets 


3. Plot data and develop graphics - overview of graphical capabilities of R 


4. Perform simple statistical analyses 


5. Obtain help in R - review available web sources and how to use the help
commands within the program 


6. Introduction to R capabilities 


This workshop will emphasize the utility of R in fisheries research.
Examples will focus on current issues in fisheries science such as
estimating stock-recruitment relationships, fitting length-at-age data to a
von Bertalanffy growth model, projecting population trends, etc. 

Date & Time: Sunday, August 17, 8am - 5pm 

CEUs: 0.7 

Fees: Student $75, Member $125, Nonmember $175 

Requirements: Participants should have some familiarity with computers and
statistics but no experience in programming or with R is required. Each
participant will be required to bring a laptop computer with R (downloaded
and installed prior to the workshop). 

For more information, please contact Elise Zipkin ([log in to unmask]) or
Cheryl Murphy ([log in to unmask]). Enrollment will be limited based on
classroom space. 

Course developed with assistance from the Quantitative Fisheries Center,



Cheryl A. Murphy

Assistant Professor

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

Lyman Briggs College

13 Natural Resources Building

Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI, 48824-1221


Phone:  517-432-7771

Fax:      517-432-1699

Mobile:  517-899-9153

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