Group: Manchester/2010-10-19

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An Introduction to GNU R


  • Talk: An Introduction to GNU R
  • Speaker: Robin Gower, Infonomics Ltd.
  • Location: Madlab. (Manchester Digital Laboratory). Upstairs.
  • Address: 36-40 Edge Street, Manchester. M4 1HN.
  • Date: Tuesday, 19th October 2010 (3rd Tuesday of the month)
  • Start time: 19:00
  • Finish time: 20:30


This talk will be especially of interest to free software enthusiasts and those wanting to analyse data. Though don't be concerned if the statistics and programming seem too much because GNU R produces beautiful graphs that all can appreciate and understand, see the GNU R screenshots.

"R is a system for statistical computation and graphics. It consists of a language plus a run-time environment with graphics, a debugger, access to certain system functions, and the ability to run programs stored in script files. It is free software distributed under a GNU-style copyleft, and an official part of the GNU project (“GNU S”).

This talk will provide: an introduction to R, discussion of when (and when not) to use R, and a guided tour of it's capabilities with examples."

Robin Gower is director of Infonomics Limited, economic consultant and software developer. Robin has been using R for the past three years providing analysis and visualisation for clients in public, private and social sectors.


The meeting will take place at the usual time, 7pm, at Madlab on Edge Street in the Northern Quarter. "(Between Thomas St and the Craft Centre, opposite A Bar Called Common)". We will be located upstairs. The venue provides wifi. The talk is followed by an informal discussion in the bar opposite (A Place Called Common).

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