A Beginner's Guide to R / Edition 1by Alain Zuur, Elena N. Ieno, Erik Meesters
Pub. Date: 07/02/2009
Publisher: Springer New York
Based on their extensive experience with teaching R and statistics to applied scientists, the authors provide a beginner's guide to R. To avoid the difficulty of teaching R and statistics at the same time, statistical methods are kept to a minimum. The text covers how to download and install R, import and manage data, elementary plotting, an introduction to… See more details below
Based on their extensive experience with teaching R and statistics to applied scientists, the authors provide a beginner's guide to R. To avoid the difficulty of teaching R and statistics at the same time, statistical methods are kept to a minimum. The text covers how to download and install R, import and manage data, elementary plotting, an introduction to functions, advanced plotting, and common beginner mistakes. This book contains everything you need to know to get started with R.
“Its biggest advantage is that it aims only to teach R...It organizes R commands very efficiently, with much teaching guidance included. I would describe this book as being handyit’s the kind of book that you want to keep in your jacket pocket or backpack all the time, ready for use, like a Swiss Army knife.” (Loveday Conquest, University of Washington)
“Whilst several books focus on learning statistics in R..., the authors of this book fill a gap in the market by focusing on learning R whilst almost completely avoiding any statistical jargon...The fact that the authors have very extensive experience of teaching R to absolute beginners shines throughout.” (Mark Mainwaring, Lancaster University)
“Exactly what is needed...This is great, nice work. I love the ecological/biological examples; they will be an enormous help.” (Andrew J. Tyne, University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
Table of Contents
Introduction.- Getting data into R.- Accessing variables and managing subsets of data.- Simple commands.- An introduction to basic plotting tools.- Loops and functions.- Graphing tools.- An introduction to lattice package.- Common R mistakes.
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While this book states that it is not an R/Statistics book, it focuses primarily on Statistics. This isn't a bad thing, just not what I wanted. If you need a book that shows you how to use R and does not teach Stats, then this is for you. If, like me, you need an R book to learn how to use R for things other than Stats, this book is a great starting point. It gives enough information to give the reader a helping hand in understanding built in functions that can be used outside of statistics and gives a good grounding in the basic use of R. While this book won't make you a proficient professional in R, it will help in understanding the online documentation to get you to a higher level of proficiency.