Descriptive Statistics With R Software

By Prof. Shalabh, Prof. Prashant Jha   |   IIT Kanpur, NIT Sikkim
Learners enrolled: 1015
Any data analysis is incomplete without statistics. After getting the data, any statistical analysis starts with descriptive statistics which aims to extract the information hidden inside the data. The tools of descriptive statistics are based on mathematical and statistical functions which are to be evaluated using the software. The statistical software are paid as well as free. Most of the statistical software are paid software. A popular free statistical software is R. What are the basic tools of descriptive statistics and how to use the R software for descriptive statistical analysis is the objective of the course to be taught

INTENDED AUDIENCE: UG students of Science and Engineering. Students of humanities with basic mathematical and statistical background can also do it. Working professionals in analytics can also do it.
PRE-REQUISITES: Mathematics background up to class 12 is needed. Some minor statistics background is desirable
INDUSTRIES SUPPORT :All industries having R & D set up will use this course.
Course Status : Upcoming
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 23 Aug 2021
End Date : 15 Oct 2021
Exam Date : 24 Oct 2021
Enrollment Ends : 23 Aug 2021
Category :
  • Mathematics
Credit Points : 2
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate

Course layout

Week 1: Calculations with R Software
Week 2: Introduction to Descriptive Statistics, frequency distribution
Week 3: Graphics and Plots
Week 4: Central Tendency of Data
Week 5: Variation in Data
Week 6: Moments, Association of Variables
Week 7: Association of Variables
Week 8: Association of Variables, Fitting of Linear Models

Books and references


Instructor bio

Prof. Shalabh

IIT Kanpur
Dr. Shalabh is a Professor of Statistics at IIT Kanpur. His research areas of interest are linear models, regression analysis and econometrics. He has more than 23 years of experience in teaching and research. He has developed several web based and MOOC courses in NPTELincluding on regression analysis and has conducted several workshops on statistics for teachers, researchers and practitioners. He has received several national and international awards and fellowships. He has authored more than 75 research papers in national and international journals. He has written four books and one of the book on linear models is co- authored with Prof. C.R. Rao. 

Prof. Prashant Jha

NIT Sikkim
Dr. Prashant Jha is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at NIT Sikkim. His research areas of interest are nonparametric regression, and shape restricted regression. He has recently completed his Ph.D. from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, IIT Kanpur. He has worked as a Teaching Assistant in several MOOC courses in NPTEL including Introduction to R software and Descriptive statistics with R software. He has received NBHM Research Award, and CSIR fellowship for Research during his Ph.D.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 24 October 2021 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kanpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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