Module 6 Setting up
First, let’s get the right programs installed on your computer. Then we will explain what they are and why you need them.
First, download and install
Go to the following website, click the Download button, and follow the website’s instructions from there. https://mirrors.nics.utk.edu/cran/
Second, download and install
Go to the following website and choose the free Desktop version: https://rstudio.com/products/rstudio/download/
Third, make sure
RStudio opens successfully:
RStudio app. A window should appear that looks like this:
Fourth, make sure
R is running correctly in the background:
RStudio, in the pane on the left (the “Console”), type 2+2 and hit Enter.
R is working properly, the number “4” will be printed in the next line down.
Finally, some minor adjustments to make
RStudio run smoother (and look cooler):
Tools > Global Options and make sure your
General settings match these exactly:
Specifically, uncheck the option under Workspace to ‘Restore .RData into workspace at startup.’
Now go to the
Appearance settings and choose a cool theme!
These installations can be clunky with a large class, and it is never fun to start out with a bunch of technical hang-ups. We recommend assigning this work prior to the start of the first class. Hold office hours the hour before class in order to troubleshoot one-on-one with students if they need help.