Monthly Archives: January 2013

Introduction to the R Programming Language at Sector 67 2/7/13

A colleague and I are giving a presentation on R next month at Sector 67, Madison Wisconsin’s hackerspace. Here’s a link to the class: And the description:

This free presentation will be a two hour introduction to the R programming language. R is a free, open-source language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. This presentation will cover:

  • What R can do
  • R installation
  • RStudio installation
  • Installing R packages
  • Importing and exporting data
  • Data manipulation
  • Basic statistics
  • Graphics


Jared Knowles currently serves as the Policy Research Advisor in the Analytical Services Team at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). He is also a PhD candidate in Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also in the Interdisciplinary Training Program (ITP) at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER), a pre-doctoral fellowship program funded through the Institute of Education Sciences. Since starting work for DPI in 2010, Jared has been engaged in using data from the state longitudinal data system to support agency policy making. In this role, Jared has focused on leveraging the open source data analysis tool R to develop analyses and present them in a compelling fashion that policy makers can engage with. Jared has given presentations to the Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the DPI cabinet, the Governor’s office and the chairs of the state education committees in the legislature, as well as at national conferences hosted by NCES. Jared’s work has focused on program evaluation of state policies, geospatial analysis, student growth models, and currently, development of an early warning system using statewide longitudinal data system data. For more information, visit

Justin Meyer is an Education Statistics and Research Consultant at the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI). Prior to working with DPI, Justin was a researcher at the Rowland Reading Foundation. Justin has an M.S. in Applied Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Stout and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville. Justin is the creator of and has presented on business intelligence at the SLATE conference.