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Data Analysis

Wikipedia says: Data analysis is a process of inspecting, cleansing, transforming, and modeling data with the goal of discovering useful information, informing conclusions, and supporting decision-making.

Workshops are designed from beginner’s level to learn data analysis and statistical software:

  • R: R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.(See: What is R?)
  • Python: Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level programming language with dynamic semantics. (See What is Python?)

These 2 previous software can be used for “reproducible research” where a “narrative” and computer code can be combined together into a single document that is easily updated. This makes use of the simple markdown language.

  • Markdown is a lightweight markup language with plain text formatting syntax.
  • Linux: Linux is an operating system. (See What is Linux?). However, we learn the command line that allows interacting with a Linux computer without graphical interface. (See bash below.)
  • bash bash is a command processor that typically runs in a text window where the user types commands that cause actions. bash a Unix Shell is a replacement for the Bourne shell sh. (See Bash_(Unix_shell) )