Auburn University Libraries hosting 'Why R?' seminar

Published: October 29, 2021

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Auburn University Libraries will host Jordan Harshman, assistant professor, chemistry and biochemistry, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, for a seminar entitled “Why R?”.

R is a popular statistical coding language that is used widely across many social and physical sciences. Researchers may have heard of this programming language and wondered if it is worth the effort to learn to better the quality and/or efficiency of their research. “Why R?” is designed to help answer this question for faculty and student researchers by presenting an overview of some of the advantages and disadvantages of coding in R in common research settings.

Anyone who has dabbled with R or thought about coding in R is welcome to attend and hear more about why they may or may not want to invest time into learning R. Additionally, any faculty who might want their students to consider R are encouraged to come as there are now a couple courses at Auburn dedicated to training students in R.

The seminar will be held in the Gibbs Lab (Room 2031) located on the second floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Attendees may attend in person or via Zoom at No pre-registration is required.

Submitted by: Jayson Hill