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DESCRIPTION: R is a powerful, free statistical software program that can be used for analyzing any type of data. However, it can be very difficult to learn. Deducer is a free, easy to use graphical user interface for R that simplifies many common statistical tasks. In this seminar, we will go over how to set up and install Deducer/R, how to generate and visualize descriptive statistics, and how to run common statistical tests such as t-tests and chi-squared tests using the Deducer interface.

This two-hour seminar will be primarily targeted towards an audience with a clinical background who have little to no prior experience with data analysis, but who want to be able to conduct basic investigations with minimal hassle. Participants will have an opportunity to use the program to complete a set of exercises in groups and test their understanding during the seminar. Installation of the program is optional but recommended for the seminar. Instructions will be posted beforehand, and the first 15 minutes of the session will be spent walking through the process. A very basic proficiency with navigating Windows or Mac OS X office applications and operating systems is required.