Installing and using R, RStudio

To complete this lab, you’ll need to download and install two free applications:

By the end of the semester, you’ll have some basic fluency in R and the ability to analyze data in RStudio. Until then, I don’t expect that you’ll understand all (or even most) of the code you’ll see in these labs. If you have questions, meet with me or email me.

I encourage you to work with other students on these labs and explore beyond what each lab requires. A willingness to experiment will help you develop skills in R (skills that are in high demand!).


Let’s get started by opening RStudio. If you’re using a lab computer, both programs should already be installed. Open RStudio and skip down to the RStudio Interface section of this lab.

If you’re using your own computer, you’ll need to download and install both programs from the following websites:

Open the files you downloaded to install both R and RStudio. Then, open RStudio.

If you have any problems installing or opening RStudio, let me know so I can help.



RStudio Interface

When you open RStudio, you should get a screen that looks like this (only not so full of text).