Higher education institutions traditionally used SPSS when teaching social science. But there’s a shift toward R; a programming language and free software environment for statistical computing and graphics. Find out the top reasons why your institution should switch to R.
We spoke to one of our SAGE Campus learners, a PhD candidate in the humanities, to find out what motivated her to learn data science skills, and how she’s putting her new skills to use.
This guide includes carefully chosen topics that are perfect for people who have no experience of R. Each topic is intended as a taster to introduce you to R, the terminology, and to share useful resources to aid your further adventures with R. We hope this guide is a great starting point for you to learn about R!
If you conduct social science research and you are using Stata, SAS, or SPSS, you might be looking to learn how to use some of the new tools on the block. R and Python are the two popular programming languages used by data analysts and although you could learn both, that would require a significant time investment. So which should you start with? And which one is best for social scientists?