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R you ready? Using the R programme for statistical analysis and graphics

Stiglic, Gregor; Štiglic, Gregor; Watson, Roger; Cilar, Leona


Gregor Stiglic

Gregor Štiglic

Leona Cilar


© 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. For conducting research, nurses typically use commercial statistical packages. R software is a free, powerful, and flexible alternative, but is less familiar and used less frequently in nursing research. In this paper, we use data from a previous study to demonstrate a few typical steps in exploratory data analysis using R. A step-by-step description of some basic analyses in R is provided here, including examples of specific functions to read and manipulate the data, calculate scores from individual questionnaire items, and prepare a correlation plot and summary table.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal Research in Nursing & Health
Print ISSN 0160-6891
Electronic ISSN 1098-240X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Stiglic, G., Štiglic, G., Watson, R., & Cilar, L. (in press). R you ready? Using the R programme for statistical analysis and graphics. Research in Nursing and Health,
Keywords R; Statistics; Data analysis; Graphics; Nursing
Additional Information Received: 2019-07-16; Accepted: 2019-10-01; Published: 2019-10-14