Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business (Vicenza)

Course partially running (all years except the first)

Data Analysis Laboratory with R (Vicenza)

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Name of lecturer
Marco Minozzo
Marco Minozzo
Number of ECTS credits allocated
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not yet allocated

Learning outcomes

The course "Data Analysis Laboratory with R (Vicenza)" is an optional "type f" activity, which allows to students to obtain 3 CFU, once a final examination is passed. In particular:

- The course is open to all CdL and CdLM students of the Vicenza campus of the School of Economics and Management.

- The lessons will take place in a computer laboratory (40 seats).

- Requests for participation will be considered following the registration order considering that priority will be given to CdLM students. Students are required to be present at the first lesson, or to send an email to the tutor to comunicate their absence.

- Participation to the course does not require any particular background knowledge of the software R.

- The frequency to the classes is compulsory. Students are required to attend at least 2/3 of the exercise lessons and tutorial activities in order to be admitted to the final evaluation.

The course consists of 18 hours of exercise lessons and tutorial activities (plus 2 hours of final examination).

The tentative calendar of the course is the following:

Thursday 5 March 2020, hours 14:00-17:30, computer laboratory;
Thursday 12 March 2020, hours 14:00-17:30, computer laboratory;
Wednesday 18 March 2020, hours 9:00-12:30, computer laboratory;
Thursday 26 March 2020, hours 14:00-17:30, computer laboratory;
Thursday 2 April 2020, hours 14:00-18:00, computer laboratory;
Wednesday 8 April 2020, hours 10:00-12:00, computer laboratory (final exam).

Tutor: dott. Alessandro Cipolla

Registrations are open from the 27th of February 2020 to the 8th of March 2020.

Please, register through the elearning platform.


R is an open-source software for statistical computing. Created at the end of the 1990s from the S software, R is a multi-paradigm language that over the course of two decades has acquired a central role among statistical software, thanks also to the development of more than 15000 packages implementing techniques and methods coming from the most diverse fields of methodological and applied statistics. In recent years, thanks to the development of an entire family of packages aimed at simplifying and organizing on a new basis the programming methods and the interaction with R, the software has found new opportunities to express its potential to the fullest. The R language, together with Python, is now considered the reference language in modern data science and, in particular, for machine learning. It easily interfaces with many other software such as Excel, Tableau, Microsoft Power BI etc.

The course aims to provide the basics of the programming and operating philosophy of the R software, introducing the participants to some of the most recent innovations. After the introduction of the R language and of R Studio (the most used IDE for R), the course will focus on the following topics: data processing and manipulation techniques, advanced graphical tools for statistical analysis, graphic representation of geo-referenced information, regression analysis, Monte Carlo simulations, automatic reporting and production of interactive documents.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Hadley Wickham Advanced R (Edizione 1) CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group 2015 9781466586970
Espa G., Micciolo R. Analisi esplorativa dei dati con R Apogeo 2012 978-88-503-3031-7
Ronald K. Pearson Exploratory Data Analysis Using R (Edizione 1) CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group 2018 9781138480605
Marco Bee, Flavio Santi Finanza quantitativa con R (Edizione 1) Apogeo Education 2013 9788838787041
Hadley Wickham ggplot2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis (Edizione 1) Springer 2009 9780387981413
Francesca Ieva, Chiara Masci, Anna Maria Paganoni Laboratorio di Statistica con R (Edizione 2) Pearson 2016 9788891901521
Giuseppe Espa, Rocco Micciolo Problemi ed esperimenti di statistica con R (Edizione 1) Apogeo Education 2013 9788838786105
Hadley Wickham, Garrett Grolemund R for Data Science (Edizione 1) O'Reilly 2016 9781491910399
Ngai Hang Chan, Hoi Ying Wong Simulation Techniques in Financial Risk Management (Edizione 1) Wiley 2015 9781118735817
M. Bécue-Bertaut Textual Data Science with R (Edizione 1) CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group 2018 9781138626911
Graham J. Williams The Essentials of Data Science: Knowledge Discovery Using R (Edizione 1) CRC Press, Taylor & Francis Group 2017 9781138088634

Assessment methods and criteria

Students are required to attend at least 2/3 of the exercise lessons/tutorial activity in order to be admitted to the final evaluation. The final examination will consist in a written exam, with an oral examination if necessary, on the use of the software R. There will be just one date for the final examination.

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