Introduction to statistics

Date 22 - 25 January 2019
Speaker(s) Frédéric Schütz, Linda Dib
Fees *academic: 240 CHF   -   for-profit: 1200 CHF
Cancellation deadline 13 Jan 2019
City Bellinzona
*academic fee includes non for-profit organisations as well as unemployed participants at the time of application.


This course is designed to provide researchers in biomedical sciences with experience in the application of basic statistical analysis techniques to a variety of biological problems.

The course will combine lectures on statistics and practical exercises, during which the participants will learn how to work with the widely used "R" language and environment for statistical computing and graphics.

Topics covered during the course include: reminders about numerical and graphical summaries, and hypothesis testing; multiple testing, linear models, correlation and regression, and other topics. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the analysis of their own data.


This typical profile is a biologist needing to perform statistical analyses using R.

Learning objectives

After this course, the participants should be able to:

  • choose the right method to summarize a dataset, graphically and numerically
  • perform basic hypothesis tests on a datatest
  • assess whether different variables are linked, using correlation and regression analysis
  • Use the R statistical package to run statistical analyses and interpret their outcome



  • A laptop with a wifi connection
  • Software to be installed PRIOR to the course: R, R Studio

Knowledge / competencies:

  • No prior statistical knowledge is required in order to attend the course
  • Participants do not need any experience in R before the course


Registration fees for academics are 240 CHF and 1200 CHF for for-profit companies. The fees include course material, coffee breaks and a social dinner on Tuesday 22 January at the Prisma restaurant.

Upon reception of the confirmation email, participants will be asked to confirm attendance by paying the fees within 5 days.

Deadline for registration and free-of-charge cancellation is set to 13 January. Cancellation after this date will not be reimbursed. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to this and other general conditions.

Location & Time

Centro Spazio Aperto, Via Gerretta 9A , Bellinzona (10 min walk from the train station or 5 min by bus line n°1, stop "Bellinzona, al Persico").

The course will start at 9:00 and end around 17:00. Precise information will be provided to the participants on due time.

Additional information

The course will be taught by Linda Dib and Frédéric Schütz. We will recommend 1 ECTS credits for this course (given a passed exam at the end of the course).

Coordination: SIB Training group with the help of the Institute of Oncology Research in Bellinzona.

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