Workshop on “R”
Department of Psychology organized a workshop on “R” software on October 9,
2017. The workshop was conducted by Mr Toby Mammen, Faculty of Market
Research at ICFAI Business School. 60 Psychology and Economics students attended
Mr Toby started the guest lecture by dening 'research'. He said research is having a
curiosity, also having a certain framework and methodology in place. He also
explained terms like 'Fundamental Law' and 'Quality of Decision Making' in Research.
Furthermore he mentioned few aspects like Domain Expertise, Research Method
Expertise, Technique Expertise and Software Tools Expertise which are utmost skills
required in 21st century for the research and the researcher.
The session focused on the 'R'
software used for statistical
data analysis. R is program
friendly, it interprets language,
data storage, analysis and
graphing. It is also the most
comprehensive software. It
consists of variety of statistical
(line and nonlinear modeling,
classical statistical tests, time-
series analysis classication,
clustering) and graphical
techniques too which are highly
R software supports extensions and 11,000 packages are a part of the program. Mr
Toby mentioned that the software is student friendly and may be used for data
manipulation, calculation and graphical display in research work. The advantages of
the software are: it has large, coherent, integrated collection of intermediate tools for
analysis, it is cross platform and works on any software, it can also connect with SPSS &
SAS. A major advantage of this program is that it is a free download software.
Mr Toby concluded the session by giving us information about various websites, blogs
and online workshops which the stakeholders could refer to and use for their research