R Commander Tutorial – UROP Spring Symposium 2021

R Commander Tutorial

Amelia Turco


Pronouns: she/her

Research Mentor(s): Nicholas Henriksen, Associate Professor
Research Mentor School/College/Department: Romance Languages and Literatures, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
Presentation Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Session: Session 2 (11am – 11:50am)
Breakout Room: Room 1
Presenter: 4

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Within the Speech Production Lab, members utilize coding software in order to research Spanish accents, linguistics and language acquisition. In order for members to fulfill this research, knowledge of complex, coding languages is required. Previous tutorials in the Speech Production Lab have demonstrated that group teaching may not function best for the whole group; and to manage varying schedules and learning styles, an individual, at-one’s-ease program is the most effective option to pursue. In a group of three students, I have developed a tutorial that breaks down the use of R Commander coding to terms which beginners in computer science may understand. These slides span 150 pages, each teaching or applying a new skill, with problem sets and their respective answers laced in between. After completing the entire program, researchers will be able to use RStudio to assign variables, complete math problems through code alone, utilize vectors, plot data using SQL graphs, create data frames, and have gained a universal understanding of all coding concept basics. Though we are still receiving feedback, we are expecting the results to be positive towards the clear, digestible document which the researchers may complete in an estimated two weeks for RStudio proficiency. We plan to have a small group participate in the tutorial first, receive feedback, and redesign the lesson plans if necessary before opening it to the entire lab. Larger effects of this study will be transferable knowledge of research coding that may be utilized not only for the Speech Production Lab, but other research and employment opportunities of current lab members.

Authors: Amelia Turco
Research Method: Language Skills

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