IITA staff and partners trained on statistical analysis using R
The IITA Capacity Development Office (CDO) facilitated a 4-day training on “Statistical analysis using R programming” from 27 to 30 August. The training taught participants about ‘R’, the commonly used statistical package for data analysis.
The trainees were IITA staff and partners from Abuja, Ibadan, Kano, as well as others from Ghana and Mali, who have hands-on roles in managing data.
IITA Training Manager Stanley Nwachukwu said, “A needs assessment carried out at the end of 2018 revealed that statistical analysis software is becoming more expensive to run. However, unlike other analysis software, R is an open-source program; it is free and allows users to run any program of choice.”
Resource persons for the training were Research Fellow Moshood Bakare, Fola Agboola, and Yusuf Muyideen, all staff of the IITA Cassava Breeding Unit. They highlighted the fact that “R programming helps researchers to process data into a meaningful form for decision making.”
According to Bakare, “Statistical analysis software is not new to IITA. However, R has many features that other software do not have, which can simplify results from scientific research.”