An introduction to the practice of statistics using R

27 September, 4 and 18 October, 1 and 15 November 2012

Course in collaboration with CUSO Doctoral Program in Ecology & Evolution


Dr. Jacques Zuber, University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland, Yverdon-les-Bains, and Statoo Consulting, Berne


This course concentrates on the practice of statistics as a tool for learning from data. The purpose of this course is to give an understanding of the principles in statistics that underlie data analysis.

This course features a hands-on approach to learning, dividing class time between lectures, case studies and practicals using the free R software environment for statistical computation and graphics.

Upon completion of the course the students should be able to think critically about data, to use graphical and numerical summaries, to apply standard statistical inference procedures and to draw reliable conclusions from data. Moreover, upon completion of the course the students should also be experienced in the use of the powerful R system.


  • Introduction to statistics.
  • Introduction to R.
  • Practice of R.
  • Introduction to statistical inference.
  • Linear regression models.
  • Analysis of covariance.
  • Classification and regression trees.

General information

Dates: 27 September, 4 and 18 October, 1 and 15 November 2012 (5 days)

Schedule : 8.55 - 17.00

Location : Université de Neuchâtel, Faculté des sciences , UniMail, building C (Animalerie), room C001

Credit points : 3.0 credit points (ECTS) (category Research tools)

Evaluation : A practical evaluation (case study or exercises) has to be passed at the end of the course.

Information : Please contact Dr. Jacques Zuber or the education officer Dr. Christiane Bobillier

Travel expenses : participants of the  Interuniversity doctoral program in organismal biology (University of Neuchâtel) are eligible for reimbursement of incurred travel expenses by train (half-fare card, and 2nd class). 


Please send the original tickets (no copies) with the reimbursement form  to Dr. Christiane Bobillier.  No reimbursement for bus, taxi or car travel expenses will be paid.

For participants of the CUSO Ecology & Evolution doctoral program, see CUSO web site


  • This course is opened to all Ph.D. students. However, priority is given to "Interuniversity Doctoral Program in Organismal Biology" and "CUSO Doctoral program in Ecology and Evolution" participants until 15 August 2012.
  • This course is free, but the effective cost is approx. CHF 300.00 per person. Therefore a waiting list will be prepared to ensure that there are no empty seats.
  • Minimum number of participants: 8, maximum: 24.

Registration through the web only: course full

Cancellation policy (CHF 50).