Descriptive Statistics with R Software



Prof. Shalabh

Prof. Prashant Jha

IIT Kanpur

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Any data analysis is incomplete without statistics. After getting the data, any statistical analysis starts with descriptive statistics which aims to extract the information hidden inside the data. The tools of descriptive statistics are based on mathematical and statistical functions which are to be evaluated using the software. The statistical software are paid as well as free. Most of the statistical software are paid software. A popular free statistical software is R. What are the basic tools of descriptive statistics and how to use the R software for descriptive statistical analysis is the objective of the course to be taught


UG students of Science and Engineering. Students of humanities with basic mathematical and statistical background can also do it. Working professionals in analytics can also do it.


Mathematics background up to class 12 is needed. Some minor statistics background is desirable


All industries having R & D set up will use this course.


Dr. Shalabh is a Professor of Statistics at IIT Kanpur. His research areas of interest are linear models, regression analysis and econometrics. He has more than 23 years of experience in teaching and research. He has developed several web based and MOOC courses in NPTELincluding on regression analysis and has conducted several workshops on statistics for teachers, researchers and practitioners. He has received several national and international awards and fellowships. He has authored more than 75 research papers in national and international journals. He has written four books and one of the book on linear models is co- authored with Prof. C.R. Rao.

Dr. Prashant Jha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at NIT Sikkim. His research areas of interest are nonparametric regression, and shape restricted regression. He has recently completed his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, IIT Kanpur. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant in several MOOC courses in NPTEL including Introduction to R software and Descriptive statistics with R software. He has received NBHM Research Award, and CSIR fellowship for Research during his Ph.D.

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Course Details

Week 1: Calculations with R Software
Week 2: Introduction to Descriptive Statistics, frequency distribution
Week 3: Graphics and Plots
Week 4: Central Tendency of Data
Week 5: Variation in Data
Week 6: Moments, Association of Variables
Week 7: Association of Variables
Week 8: Association of Variables, Fitting of Linear Models


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