R Programming - Advanced
Taught by Dr. Olivia Lau

R Programming - Advanced

taught by Olivia Lau

Aim of Course:

In this online course, “R Programming Advanced,” you will covers key concepts for writing advanced R code, emphasizing the design of functional and efficient code.  It will set students down the road to mastering the intricacies of R.  After completing the course, students should be able to read, understand, modify, and create complex functions to perform a variety of tasks.

This course may be taken individually (one-off) or as part of a certificate program.

Course Program:

WEEK 1: Functions

  • Environments
  • Creating user-defined functions

WEEK 2: Evaluation

  • Creating a function call
  • Delayed function execution

WEEK 3: Functions within functions

  • Lexical scoping
  • Search path

WEEK 4: Classes

  • Types of classes
  • Generic functions
  • Writing user-defined classes


Homework in this course consists of guided exercises in writing code.

In addition to assigned readings, this course also has narrated slides, and supplemental readings available online.

R Programming - Advanced

Who Should Take This Course:

To get the most out of this course, you should have several years' experience programming in R already: you should be familiar with writing functions, and the basic data structures of R (vectors, matrices, arrays, lists and data frames).



These are listed for your benefit so you can determine for yourself if you have the needed background, whether from taking the listed courses, or by other experience.

R Programming - Intermediate

You should also have several years' experience with R before taking this course.

Organization of the Course:

This course takes place online at the Institute for weeks. During each course week, you participate at times of your own choosing - there are no set times when you must be online. Course participants will be given access to a private discussion board. In class discussions led by the instructor, you can post questions, seek clarification, and interact with your fellow students and the instructor.

At the beginning of each week, you receive the relevant material, in addition to answers to exercises from the previous session. During the week, you are expected to go over the course materials, work through exercises, and submit answers. Discussion among participants is encouraged. The instructor will provide answers and comments, and at the end of the week, you will receive individual feedback on your homework answers.

Time Requirement:
About 15 hours per week, at times of  your choosing.

Students come to the Institute for a variety of reasons. As you begin the course, you will be asked to specify your category:
  1. You may be interested only in learning the material presented, and not be concerned with grades or a record of completion.
  2. You may be enrolled in PASS (Programs in Analytics and Statistical Studies) that requires demonstration of proficiency in the subject, in which case your work will be assessed for a grade.
  3. You may require a "Record of Course Completion," along with professional development credit in the form of Continuing Education Units (CEU's).  For those successfully completing the course,  CEU's and a record of course completion will be issued by The Institute, upon request.

This course is also recognized by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) as helpful preparation for the Certified Analytics Professional (CAP®) exam, and can help CAP® analysts accrue Professional Development Units to maintain their certification .

Course Text:

The text for this course is Modern Applied Statistics With S by Venables and Ripley.  The text may be purchased here 


Participants should be familiar with and have access to R. Click Here for information on obtaining a free copy.

The recommended R editor in this course is eMacs (while RStudio is used in other courses, it uses a different R engine, resulting in functionality discrepancies that can be distracting in class).



January 08, 2016 to February 05, 2016 May 20, 2016 to June 17, 2016 January 06, 2017 to February 03, 2017 May 19, 2017 to June 16, 2017 January 05, 2018 to February 02, 2018 May 18, 2018 to June 15, 2018

R Programming - Advanced


January 08, 2016 to February 05, 2016 May 20, 2016 to June 17, 2016 January 06, 2017 to February 03, 2017 May 19, 2017 to June 16, 2017 January 05, 2018 to February 02, 2018 May 18, 2018 to June 15, 2018

Course Fee: $589

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