This tutorial was developed with future R-users in mind who have no or very limited prior experience with programming. We aimed to provide a short and gentle introduction to the R-language. No experience with R, programming or statistics is required.

R is a freely available, flexible, open source software environment used by many researchers worldwide. R has been shown to be a powerful tool for data manipulation, modelling, computation and data visualization.

After this introduction, you will be able to use R for

This R tutorial is free of charge - and comes with no warranty - but we welcome suggestions for improvement.

The development team

Financial contribution by the management team of the Julius Center for Health Science and Primary Care (UMC Utrecht, the Netherlands) for the development of this tutorial is gratefully acknowledged.