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Easy Visualization in R

Duration: 1 day

Course Format

Workshop with a very brief background and plenty of hands-on practice.

Course fee


UG students: € 45
UG staff: € 115
PhD students: € 45

Hanze students: € 55
Staff UMCG / Hanze: € 135
External: € 235

Course dates and enrollment

Contact: CIT secretariat (050 - 36 39200)

Course fee includes documentation and lunch.


R is a widely used, freely available software environment for statistical computing and graphics. While R might be somewhat daunting to the beginner, recent advancements and developments allow creating beautiful visualizations/graphs even for those with minimal experience of R-programming. In particular, the package “ggplot2” allows the user to create high-quality, publishable graphs with little effort. This course is for anyone who wants to learn how to make good graphs.


  • Why are graphs/visualizations important?
  • The “grammar of graphics” and ggplot2
  • How to make different types of visualizations
  • How to tweak the aesthetics of your graph
  • Making the graph you have in mind

The software that we use for this course is free and platform-independent. You will benefit most when you will use a computer/account that can you can use again in the future. Thus, either work through your UWP-account on a University computer (computers with relevant software will be available), or bring your own laptop with R and RStudio downloaded and installed.

Trainer: Gert Stulp (GMW-Sociologie)


There are no prerequisites, but some experience with data and making graphs (in any program) is useful. You will get most out of this course, if you have data that you want to visualize in a particular way.

Last modified:23 January 2018 10.10 a.m.