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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!🎉⛄🎆🍾❄ In the spirit of the coming new year and new beginnings, we created a tutorial for getting started or restarted with R. If you are new to R or have dabbled in R but haven’t used it much recently, then this post is for you. We will focus on data classes and types, as well as data wrangling, and we will provide basic statistics and basic plotting examples using real data.


By Amy Peterson Studying genetic differential expression using postmortem human brain tissue requires an understanding of the effect brain tissue degradation has on genetic expression. Particularly when brain tissue degradation confounds1 the differences in gene expression levels between subject groups. This problem of confounding necessitates measures from a control dataset of postmortem tissue from individuals who do not have the outcome of interest. Doing so provides a comparative measure of the impact of tissue degradation on expression that can then be used in a case-control study to examine the impact of the outcome of interest on genetic expression.


Every six months the Bioconductor project releases it’s new version of packages. This allows developers a time window to try out new methods and test them rigorously before releasing them to the community at large. It also means that this is an exciting time 🎉. With every release there are dozens1 of new software packages. Bioconductor version 3.8 was just released on Halloween: October 31st, 2018. Thus, this is the perfect time to browse through their descriptions and find out what’s new that can be of use to your research.


To carry on our momentum from a few weeks ago from our useR!2018 remote notes blog post, this time we will be summarizing the Demystifying Data Sience 2018 conference for which you can register for free. We are just following David Robinson’s advice to blog all the time! So what should you blog about? @drob says no matter what stage you're at in your career, you have a lot to share.


For our club meeting today we were going to summarize the Demystifying Data Science conference but we forgot that the videos are not released yet. Oops, we'll have to postpone our blog post. We didn't read the fine print that talk recordings will be available sometime next week. Sorry about that! — LIBD rstats club (@LIBDrstats) July 27, 2018 So we adjusted plans and decided to continue our work on the UpSetR (Gehlenborg, 2016) package by Nils Gehlenborg.



If you have questions about the LIBD rstats club, please get in touch with L. Collado-Torres.

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The above text has been modified from the rOpenSci 2018 unconference code of conduct, which in turn states that parts of the text are licensed CC BY-SA 4.0. Credit to SRCCON. Also inspired by the Ada Initiative’s “how to design a code of conduct for your community.”