By Steffen Dettling
“Take the world’s best courses, online, for free.” - This advertising pitch caught my attention - So I said: “Sure why not…” Coursera is an online education platform, offering access to more than 1053 courses from more the 122 universities and organizations worldwide. Watch short video lectures, take interactive quizzes, and connect with fellow learners and instructors - and the best: learn on your own schedule. Among the most popular courses you can find “R programming” provided by the John Hopkins University. During 4 weeks of studying with only 7-9 h effort a week you will learn how to work with R and use it for effective data analysis. In a well-elaborated syllabus you will get to know how R works, learn about structures, functions, scoping rules and even study basic loop functions. All you need: a computer on which the R software environment can be installed and a little bit of time… Go ahead and don’t miss the chance to check out other courses of world’s top educational institutions.
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