Intro to RStudio for SAS Users (STAN104)

Course content

This Best Practices guide provides an overview of RStudio for users who have had prior training in the SAS programming language, but are new to the R language. It does not make one-to-one comparisons with SAS commands, statements or syntax, but points out important similarities and differences between SAS and R where appropriate, in an attempt to aid the transition to the R language for users familiar with SAS programming.

This document may also serve as a stand-alone introduction to RStudio.

Topics covered include:

  • The RStudio Interface
  • R Syntax
  • R Objects
  • R Functions
  • Getting Data into RStudio
  • Viewing Data in RStudio
  • Basic Data Manipulation
  • Statistical Analysis in R
  • Getting Data out of RStudio
  • Additional Resources

Course format/structure

This guide is provided as a PDF document for review and download. To download the free R software package for use on your computer visit:

Access fee

Access to this guide is free. Go to: and, if you do not already have a my.popdata account you will need to sign up and create one.

Once you have a my.popdata account, go to the Education & Training section of the my.popdata site at You can then login in with your PopData account username and passphrase and self-enroll to access the guide/course.