How to set up your computer for R

Get R

  1. Download R 4.0.5.

R is constantly evolving software, with new versions being made available regularly. To make sure all codes are reproducible, we set version 4.0.5. as the version used for this textbook.

To start working in R, please download version 4.0.5 from below. After download, double-click the file and follow the instructions. (If you are using a newer version of R, codes shall all work, but there is no guarantee.)

  1. We suggest to use R Studio as editor for R code. (There many other options, too.) You can get R Studio for free.

How to run case studies in R

  1. Set the working directory for your project

    In case you use RStudio create a new Rstudio project for the case studies and load it every time you are working on the project. See the official documentation on how to create and use Rstudio projects.

  2. Install required packages

    We use renv for dependency management. Open the R project you created in Step 1., and install renv by running the following command in the R studio consol:


    then install all the packages and dependencies used in the case studies stored in the renv.lock file:

  3. Set project path

    You will need to set the path to the data repo and save it in the set-data-directory.R file. a. Open set-data-directory-example.R and add your path to the data repo where you have or will download datasets. b. Save as set-data-directory.R (exactly where you found set-data-directory-example.R)