Do you use R? Please help inspire my students!

9 Sep

[Added note, Sep 11: I am getting a lot of contributions. Thank you! If you have an idea of how to disseminate the answers, I am open to suggestions]

I am teaching a class on bioinformatics in R. The students are a mix of undergraduates and graduate students. They are all biology students, but their interests vary a lot (ecology, molecular biology, physiology, microbiology, evolution etc). I would like to show them that many different people use R for many different purposes.

Would you like to help?

It’d be great if you could answer these questions! I’d need the responses by September 25th. I will share all answers on my website (unless you don’t want your information in a public place).

(added note on Sep 10th) I am hoping to get many different answers from people who work in different parts of biology, who represent different genders, countries, ethnicities and years of experience.

Thanks a lot for your help!

(I suggest to copy-paste the questions into an email and send it to me pennings@sfsu.edu)

  1. What is your name and your main research interest?
  2. For what kinds of analysis do you use R? (if many different types, choose the ones you like best)
  3. Did you publish a paper for which you did the analysis in R? Did you also make the figures in R? Please add a link to the paper / figure.
  4. How long have you been using R?
  5. Do you remember how you got started with R? What helped you most to learn R? (if it was an online resource, please include a link).
  6. What is your favorite aspect of using R?
  7. What aspect do you not like?
  8. Do you have any tips for someone who is starting to learn R?
  9. If you’d like to include a link to your website and/or a picture of yourself, that would be great!

Thanks for your help!

Pleuni Pennings

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