1 About This Guide

This quick guide provides step-by-step Rguroo instructions and examples for common statistical analyses and graphs. Throughout, there are clickable video icons Instructional video icon linked to the Rguroo Video Tutorials Library for the presented topic. Additionally, you can get more technical details for most topics by clicking on the User’s Guide icon Users guide icon.

Most examples use data available in the Rguroo dataset repositories, and therefore you can reproduce the examples by importing the datasets from the Rguroo repositories. See the Rguroo’s Dataset Repository section to learn how to import a dataset from the repository to your Rguroo account.

2 Importing, Creating, and Editing Datasets

2.1 Import a Dataset from a file or URL

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You can import files in various formats such as Excel, CSV, text, SPSS, SAS, etc. using the following instructions:

Rguroo Instructions
  1. Open the Data toolbox on the left-hand side of the Rguroo window. Use the Data Import dropdown menu and choose the Import Dataset function. The File Import dialog opens.

  2. Choose a file or enter a URL where your file resides. Select or fill in the other optional parts of the File Import dialog appropriately.

  3. Click Upload.


Rguroo will upload your data to your account, and a summary statistic of the uploaded data will show.

Rguroo Dialog

File Import Dialog


Click here to see additional options.


  • You can import specific rows and columns from a file using the options in the Rows/Columns section.
  • You can define missing data and decimal characters using the options in the Characters section.

2.2 Rguroo’s Dataset Repository

Rguroo’s Dataset Repository consists of many data repositories, including data from R and R packages datasets, datasets associated with textbooks, and more. Faculty can create their own private dataset repository to share data with students. For more information on creating your private dataset repository see Rguroo Dashboard Quick Guide.

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Rguroo Instructions
  1. Open the Data toolbox on the left-hand side of the Rguroo window. Use the Data Import dropdown menu and choose the Dataset Repository function. The Repository Dataset Import dialog opens.

  2. In the textbox Search Repository type in the name of the repository, or locate the repository name from the repository list. Select your desired repository name. The name of the datasets available in the selected repository show in the bottom panel.

  3. In the textbox Search Dataset on top of the bottom panel type in the name of the dataset or locate the repository name that you like to import to your account. Select the dataset name in the bottom panel.

  4. Click the Import button. The dataset will get imported to your Rguroo account.

  5. Click the Close button to close the Repository Dataset Import dialog.


Rguroo Dialog

Screenshot of the Repository Dataset Import dialog


Click here to see additional options.


  • You can use the Rguroo Dashboard to create your own private repositories and share your private repositories with others.

  • To access your private repositories, you select the option My Repositories in the Repository Dataset Import dialog.

2.3 Create a New Dataset

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You can create and save a new dataset using the following instructions:

Rguroo Instructions
  1. Open the Data toolbox on the left-hand side of the Rguroo window. Use the Data Import dropdown menu and choose the Create New Dataset function. Rguroo’s data editor opens.

  2. Click the add row add row and add column add column icons to create the desired number of rows and columns.

  3. Click on each column heading and type your variable names in the textbox provided on the top.

  4. Type in your data in the cells. Note: it is easiest to use the tab key on the keyboard to move between cells. You can also click on each cell to edit the value in the cell.

  5. In the textbox labeled Save As … give your dataset a name and click the Save As button. The dataset will be saved in your Rguroo account.


Rguroo Dialog

Data Editor


2.4 Editing an Existing Dataset

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You can edit a dataset that exists in your Rguroo account using the following instructions:

Rguroo Instructions
  1. Select the dataset that you want to edit from the list in the Data toolbox on the left-hand side of the Rguroo window, and Right-click on it (or use Shift-F10). A context menu appears.

  2. From the context menu, select the Edit function. Rguroo’s data editor opens.

  3. Navigate to values that you like to edit to make changes. To add rows and columns, click the add row add row or add column add column icons. To remove rows and columns, click the delete row delete row or delete column delete column icons.

  4. Click on each column heading to change or type a variable name in the textbox provided on the top.

  5. Click the Save As button to save changes, or in the textbox labeled Save As … give your dataset a new name and save.


Rguroo Dialog

Data Editor


Click here to see how to enter tabulated data.
  • Using the Create New Table function, you can input data from a one-way or two-way table in Rguroo . For more information, click the video icon to see a tutorial video or click the User’s Guide icon to read the instructions on how to do this.   Instructional video iconUsers guide icon

3 Data Functions

3.1 Subsetting (Filtering) Data

You can obtain subsets of a dataset by filtering rows, columns, or a combination of rows and columns. You filter rows by selecting row numbers or using logical expressions, and you can obtain a subset of columns by column number or by selecting specific columns. See below for examples.

3.1.1 Subsetting Rows