- Open https://www.anaconda.com/download/#windows with your web browser.
- Download the Python 3 installer for Windows.
- Install Python 3 using all of the defaults for installation except make sure to check Add Anaconda to my PATH environment variable.
Fall '19 workshop
Instructors: Paul A. Bloom, Emily Nakkawita, Jonathan Nicholas, Ellen Tedeschi, Monica Thieu, Michelle VanTieghem
Columbia Psychology Scientific Computing develops and teaches workshops on scientific computing skills needed to conduct psychological research. Its target audience is researchers who have little to no prior computational experience, and its lessons are psychology-specific, building on learners' existing knowledge to enable them to quickly apply skills learned to their own research.
Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.
When: September 6, 13, 20, 2019. Add to your Google Calendar.
Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).
Code of Conduct: Everyone who participates in this workshop is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.
Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. The workshop organizers have checked that:
Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.
Contact: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.
|Before starting||Pre-workshop survey|
|9:00a - 10:00a||Acquainting yourself with RStudio|
|10:00a - 12:30p||Intro to programming in R, part 1|
|12:30p - 1:00p||Lunch|
|1:00p - 2:00p||Intro to programming in R, part 2|
|10:00a - 11:00a||Data cleaning in R|
|11:00a - 11:30a||Descriptive statistics in R|
|12:00p - 12:30p||Lunch|
|12:30p - 1:30p||Data cleaning in R, continued|
|1:30p - 2:30p||Basic plotting in R with |
|2:30p - 3:30p||Basic plotting in R with |
|9:00a - 10:30a||Intro to Python for R users|
|10:30a - 12:00p||Data cleaning in Python|
|12:00p - 12:30p||Descriptive statistics in Python|
|12:30p - 1:00p||Lunch|
|1:00p - 2:00p||Data cleaning in Python, continued|
|2:00p - 3:00p||Basic plotting in Python with |
|3:00p - 4:00p||Basic plotting in Python with |
|After finishing||Post-workshop survey|
To participate in this workshop, you will need access to the software described below. In addition, you will need an up-to-date web browser.
We maintain a list of common issues that occur during installation as a reference for instructors that may be useful on the Configuration Problems and Solutions wiki page.
Python is a popular language for research computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. Installing all of its research packages individually can be a bit difficult, so we recommend Anaconda, an all-in-one installer.
Regardless of how you choose to install it, please make sure you install Python version 3.x (e.g., 3.6 is fine).
We will teach Python using the Jupyter notebook, a programming environment that runs in a web browser. For this to work you will need a reasonably up-to-date browser. The current versions of the Chrome, Safari and Firefox browsers are all supported (some older browsers, including Internet Explorer version 9 and below, are not).
bash Anaconda3-and then press Tab. The name of the file you just downloaded should appear. If it does not, navigate to the folder where you downloaded the file, for example with:
cd DownloadsThen, try again.
yesand press enter to approve the license. Press enter to approve the default location for the files. Type
yesand press enter to prepend Anaconda to your
PATH(this makes the Anaconda distribution the default Python).
Install R by downloading and running this .exe file from CRAN. Also, please install the RStudio IDE. Note that if you have separate user and admin accounts, you should run the installers as administrator (right-click on .exe file and select "Run as administrator" instead of double-clicking). Otherwise problems may occur later, for example when installing R packages.
You can download the binary files for your distribution
from CRAN. Or
you can use your package manager (e.g. for Debian/Ubuntu
sudo apt-get install r-base and for Fedora run
sudo dnf install R). Also, please install the