Materials and setup

Laptop users: You should have R installed –if not:

  1. Open a web browser and go to and download and install it

  2. Also helpful to install RStudio (download from

  3. In R, type install.packages("ggplot2") to install the ggplot2 package.

Everyone: Download workshop materials:

  1. Download materials from

  2. Extract the zip file containing the materials to your desktop

Workshop Overview

Class Structure and Organization:

  • Ask questions at any time. Really!
  • Collaboration is encouraged
  • This is your class! Special requests are encouraged

This is an intermediate R course:

  • Assumes working knowledge of R
  • Relatively fast-paced
  • Focus is on ggplot2 graphics–other packages will not be covered

Starting At The End

My goal: by the end of the workshop you will be able to reproduce this graphic from the Economist: