Monday, 27 March 2017
Session 9 : To R or not to R: Experience from Using R in a Medical School (MOSCMY2017)
Session 9 : To R or not to R: Experience from Using R in a Medical School
A session at Malaysia Open Source Conference 2017 (MOSCMY 2017)
Thursday 18th May, 2017 12:00pm to 12:45pm (SMT)
Venue : Faculty of Information Science & Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Bangi, Selangor, Malaysia.
R is a freely available language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It has over 10200 packages to cater for the needs of statisticians, data scientists, epidemiologists, ecologists, econometricians and many more people.
At the School of Medical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia, we informally introduced R in late 2013 and formally integrated R into our academic syllabus in 2015. We use RStudio as the IDE for R though Revolution R is another popular IDE. In the statistic class, we teach students to read data, perform statistical analysis and produce reports in R.
Using R makes learning more exciting and using R-markdown helps students produce nice reports. Our experience shows R requires steeper learning curve but the challenge and the versatility of R make the students more engaged and the learning more effective. We feel that academicians should promote the use of R in their classes.
Prof. Madya Dr. Kamarul Imran Musa