Manipulating and Handling Text Data in R [Online]: 2023-11-22 to 2023-11-23

Wednesday, November 22, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Thursday, November 23, 2023 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins)

This workshop is in the past and registrations are unavailable.

All times are Pacific Time Zone (Vancouver, BC, Canada).

About the workskhop

Although R is known for its statistical computing and graphical capabilities, it also provides many powerful tools for handling, processing, and analyzing strings and text data. This workshop gives an introduction to handling strings using both Base R and the stringr package, and an introduction to regular expressions in R.

By the end of this workshop you will be able to:

  • use common operations and functions to manipulate strings
  • learn what regular expressions are and how to use them in R
  • apply these concepts to perform text analysis in R


  • Being able to attend BOTH days
  • Participants will need to have R and RStudio installed on their device prior to attending the workshop
  • Familiarity with R and the RStudio environment including an understanding of basic functionality such as object assignment, data structures, and running scripts 
  • Install the latest version of the stringr package by running install.packages("stringr") in R


Additional notes

Registration closes at 6:00am PST one day before workshop start date. If you wish to attend after registration is closed, please email However, we may not be able to accommodate your request due to short notice.


Attendance requirement:

You need to attend BOTH days. Different topics are covered each day and it builds on materials covered on the previous day, so if you miss a day, we won't have the resources to help you catch up in this online environment.


Catherine Deng
Hung Truong

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