# Refresher Course in Mathematics and R

**James Lo (University of Southern California)****22 June - 23 June**

R is an open-source language and environment for data analysis and graphics. As an open source package, it is, on the one hand, fully transparent to the user and can be regarded as under continuous `peer review'. On the other hand, it is free of charge. Yet what makes R an invaluable tool for EITM studies, is the ease in which new analytical methods can be implemented in R.

This course combines a review of basic mathematics relevant for EITM studies with a practical application of these methods with R as a computational framework. Topics of the course include a review of linear algebra, elementary calculus, numerical optimisation, and probability distributions.**James Lo** is Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California. Previously he was Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University and Research Fellow at the University of Mannheim.