1 Description

This workshop will introduce you to the Bioconductor collection of R packages for statistical analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data. The emphasis is on data exploration, using RNA-sequence gene expression experiments as a motivating example. How can I access common sequence data formats from R? How can I use information about gene models or gene annotations in my analysis? How do the properties of my data influence the statistical analyses I should perform? What common workflows can I perform with R and Bioconductor? How do I deal with very large data sets in R? These are the sorts of questions that will be tackled in this workshop.

2 Requirements

You will need to bring your own laptop. The workshop will use cloud-based resources, so your laptop will need a web browser and WiFi capabilities. Participants should have used R and RStudio for tasks such as those covered in introductory workshops earlier in the week. Some knowledge of the biology of gene expression and of concepts learned in a first course in statistics will be helpful.

3 Relevance

This workshop is relevant to anyone eager to explore genomic data in R. The workshop will help connect ‘core’ R concepts for working with data (e.g., data management via data.frame(), statistical modelling with lm() or t.test(), visualization usiing plot() or ggplot()) to the special challenges of working with large genomic data sets. It will be especially helpful to those who have or will have their own genomic data, and are interested in more fully understanding how to work with it in R.

Key words: Bioinformatics; R; gene expression; annotation; data management.