Academic Plan Example

Introduction This example is from the Random Effects Models notes of Prof. Robert Schall, UFS. Students at a specific faculty normally undergo a 4-year degree programme. However, applicants who do not have the required minimum Admission Point are enrolled in a 5-year programme; that is, they join the regular 4-year programme after an initial year of preparatory classes. In order to evaluate the effectiveness of the preparatory year, academic results (module marks) of students in the two programs were compared.

Read and write files from R, starting with Excel files

Introduction The purpose of this guide is to highlight the many ways to read and write Excel files from R, and discuss alternatives along the way. Bad (but easy) approaches Import Dataset button In RStudio’s Environment pane there is an ‘Import Dataset’ button. Use this button if you are only ever going to read in the data once and are going to write less than 10 lines of code.

Increasing probability of success

Problem You run a series of trials. Trials are independent of each other and any other results. The probability of success on a trial starts at 2% and increases linearly / additively by 3% after each failure. The probability of success resets to 2% after a success; but this is irrelevant as you only run trials until you obtain a single success. Should you be interested in multiple successes then merely repeat the entire experiment exactly.

The power of markdown for teaching, research, and consultation

Introduction Why? Do you ever work through an analysis example in class with code and then never get around to typing it up nicely? Do you ever get students copy-pasting assignments from their classmates? Do you ever type up a piece of analysis by copy-pasting graph after graph or table after table, only to realise there’s a problem with the data and you have to redo everything? Do you ever need to include code from one or more languages and struggle to get the syntax highlighted nicely?

Assignment Memo Example

Currently marking student 2001234567 # This code block (if run manually) generates an Excel file with different data for each student according to the list of student numbers # In this case the data is for a regression with one significant explanatory variable and one irrelevant variable library(openxlsx) students <- c(2001234567,2012345678,2000000123) nStudents <- length(students) n <- 100 datasets <- vector('list',nStudents) for (i in 1:nStudents) { x1 <- rnorm(n,4,1) x2 <- rgamma(n,4,2) y <- 20 + 2*x1 + rnorm(n) datasets[[i]] <- data.

Analysis of experiment by Talana Cronje, UFS, on behalf of Potatoes South Africa

Experiment description Opportunistic potatoes are a pest that affect farms in many negative ways and need to be controlled. This experiment attempts to find the economically optimal dose of a specific treatment for this purpose. In the original experiment 8 measures were taken for various cultivars and doses, but we will restrict ourselves to only two now. Introduction and disclaimer The data collected pertains to a specific set of conditions, and we should not try to extend the results beyond that setting without seriously considering and accounting for any systematic differences between that setting and any broader setting.