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R/qtl Workshop

This repository contains materials for a one-day workshop on R/qtl and R/qtl2, to be held at the Complex Trait Community meeting in Memphis, TN, on 13 June 2017.


Participants will need to bring their own laptop computer. Mac users will need to be running a very recent version of Mac OS X: El Capitan (10.11) or Sierra (10.12). To determine your installed version, click the  in the upper-left and select "About this Mac".

  • Install the latest version of R, 3.4.0

  • Install the latest version of RStudio, 1.0.143

  • Open RStudio and install the latest version of R/qtl and R/qtlcharts by typing, at the command prompt (>),

    install.packages(c("qtl", "qtlcharts"))
  • Install R/qtl2 by typing

    install.packages("qtl2", repos="")


The workshop will take place on Tuesday, 13 June, 9am-3pm, in Room 227 of the FedEx Institute. In the morning, we'll cover R/qtl and the foundations of QTL mapping. In the afternoon, we'll cover R/qtl2.

  • 8:00-9:00 Light breakfast, 2nd floor FedEx Institute
  • 9:00-noon R/qtl (break 10:20 - 10:40)
  • noon-1:00 Light lunch, 2nd floor FedEx Institute
  • 1:00-3:00 R/qtl2 (break 1:50 - 2:10)

Course materials

We'll switch back-and-forth between slides and follow-along software demonstration.


To the extent possible under law, Karl Broman has waived all copyright and related or neighboring rights to “R/qtl workshop”. This work is published from the United States.

Code is licensed under the MIT license. (More information here.)