Research Methods and Data Analysis (IAWEL)

Author

Jill R D MacKay

Published

2024-04-16

Preface

This book accompanies the Research Methods and Data Analysis course on the International Animal Welfare Ethics and Law MSc at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

It is a companion document to the course, and not core to the materials.

Throughout the RMDA Lectures, you will see a number of statistical tests, data visualisations, data manipulation, text mining, and simple calculations. Almost inevitably, each one of these steps will have been performed in R.

Your R textbook is R@R(D)SVS, and that textbook will explain how to download and install R, how to run simple commands in R, and more. This RMDA textbook is like an accompanying document to your lecture materials, and is a place to help you move your R and statistical knowledge along.

Packages in this textbook

There are a range of packages used in this book, including Tidyverse (Wickham et al. 2019), effsize (Torchiano 2020), ggstatsplot (Patil 2021), vcd (Zeileis, Meyer, and Hornik 2007), wordcloud (Fellows 2018), easystats (Lüdecke et al. 2022), rstan (Stan Development Team 2023), rstanarm (Brilleman et al. 2018)

You may need to download and install a package or load a package for some of these commands to work.

Licensing

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