Descriptive Statistics After data collection, most Psychology researchers use different ways to summarise the data. In this tutorial we will learn how to do descriptive…

# Tag: Rstats

The aim of this post is to show you why you, as a psychology student or researcher (or any other kind researcher or student) should learn to program. The post is structured as follows. First I start with discussing why you should learn programming and then give some examples when programming skills are useful. I continue to suggest two programming languages that I think all Psychology students and researchers should learn.

**Good resources** for learning R as a Psychologist are hard to find. By that I mean that there are so many great sites and blogs around the internet to learn R. Thus, it may be hard to find learning resources that targets Psychology researchers.

Recently I wrote about 4 **good R books** targeted for **Psychology students** and researchers (i.e., R books for Psychologists). There are, however, of course other good resources for Psychological researchers to learn **R programming**.

Therefore, this post will list some of the **best blogs** and **sites** to learn R. The post will be divided into two categories; **general **and Psychology focused R sites and blogs. For those who are not familiar with R I will start with a brief introduction on what R is (if you know R already; click here to skip to the links).

## What is R?

R is a **free **and** open source **programming language and environment. **Data analysis** in R is carried out by writing **scripts** and **functions**. Finally, R is a complete, interactive, and object-oriented language.

In R statistical environment you are able to carry out a variety of statistical and graphical techniques. For instance, linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, and many more can be carried using both frequentist and Bayesian paradigms.

You may want to start with R commander. It provides a menu which may make learning R a bit easier at the beginning. R can be downloaded here: The Comprehensive R Archive Network.

## R resources

One of the main things that I like with R is the broad and helpful community. This also means that there are many good resources for learning the language.