Do this first!
Follow these instructions. Eventually we will want you to connect RStudio and Git(Hub) (see next item about installing Git), so if things are going really well, give that a try.
If you have a pre-existing installation of R and/or RStudio, we highly recommend that you reinstall and upgrade to the most recent version. It is very easy and RStudio, specifically, is changing rapidly and positively (written 2016-09). If you upgrade R, you will need to also update any packages you have installed.
I will use the @STAT545 Twitter account to make micro-announcements, share interesting links, and facilitate a conversation amongst ourselves in public.
In class, we talk about Twitter, its scholarly use, and privacy. Some relevant links:
If you choose not to get a Twitter account, you will want to visit the @STAT545 profile page regularly to see what’s up.
If you set up (or already have a Twitter account), you should follow @STAT545. We will elicit your Twitter handle soon so we can follow you back.
You could also follow me as an individual, at @JennyBryan. Ditto for the course TAs. You can learn some good people to follow re: data science and R by looking at who we follow and who we have Twitter conversations with.
This is a free hosting service provided by RStudio. It is the fastest way to get a report up on the web, based on an R script or an R Markdown file. But I think its days are numbered. Still, we may use this a little before we move on to other techniques. Registering for a free account is a “nice to do”, not a “must do”.