Principles of Data Visualization Using R and ggplot2

Nathan Lemoine, Andrew Felton

Description:Data visualization is a critical component of scientific communication, yet many scientists are unaware of the fundamental principles that yield good scientific graphs. This course will introduce students to the theory behind constructing accurate, meaningful graphics based on the seminal work of Edward Tufte and William Cleveland. Students will learn to produce scientific charts suitable for publication or presentation using R, specifically the ggplot2 graphics package. Classes will be interactive, with students programming graphs along with the instructor. At the end of the course, students will give a presentation using their own (or pre-supplied) data to demonstrate their ability to think critically about graphical needs and to subsequently produce meaningful, accurate, high quality charts.

Section: 3
Credits: 1
First Meeting: 8/22/2016
Meeting Times: Mondays @ 9 am
Classroom: Yates rm 206
CRN: 60170
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Enrollment Limit: 20
Background: None, although some R will be helpful
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Instructor Contact Info:
      Nathan Lemoine 713-256-7122
      Andrew Felton