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Génétique Quantitative et Évolution - Le Moulon

Fundamentals in statistics

Course Fundamendals in Statistics

October 17th-21st 2022

The objectives are to acquire basic notions in statistics to analyse simple data sets from biological experiments. At the end of the course, you will

  • know the principles of a statistical test,
  • be able to choose and to perform the statistical test corresponding to your biological question with the R software,
  • be able to illustrate the results with graphical representations,
  • be able to identify the level of statistical complexity of a biological dataset.

The idea is learning by practising. Courses are organized around the treatment of real example datasets in three sections :

  • Random variables, typology, sampling, principles of statistical tests
  • Analysis of variance
  • Multivariate analyses : correlation, regression, principal component analysi

Before or after each section, a practical will allow you to to analyse several datasets and lear how to implement the tests with th R software and interpret the results. The last section is called Do it by yourself and is organized into three stages

  • Choose your test: from the description of a biological question and the associated experiment, choose the right statistical test to be performed.
  • Practice: from a complex data set, choose a biological question and perform the associated statistical test and graphical representations.
  • Alone in front of my dataset: At the end of the week, you will be given a dataset produced by colleagues (bringing your own dataset is also possible). You have one moth to analyse this dataset and prepare an oral restitution.


Paris-Saclay PhDs: Please register via the ADUM platform from the Université Paris-Saclay. Other attendees: Please send an email to Christine Dillmann and Mickael de Carvalho. There are no registration fees but you need to ensure accomodations and lunches by yourself. The training will take place at [IDEEV] (https://www.ideev.universite-paris-saclay.fr/en/) and is limited to 24 attendees.



  • All students with at least a master1 degree in Biology are welcome.

  • We are going to use the R software. Please ensure to come with an updated R version (R version 4.1.2 (2021-11-01) – “Bird Hippie”) at least and with RStudio installed in your laptop. For more informations, look at about R.

  • Please ensure before the course that all the notions treated in th R tutorial are acquired. To do the tutorial, you will need the example file cinetik.txt

The team