R-beta: Where to begin with R?
Douglas Bates
bates at stat.wisc.edu
Tue Sep 1 17:06:31 CEST 1998
>>>>> "N" == Neurowiz <neurowiz at neurowiz.com> writes:
N> I'm taking a class on Elementary Stats, basic stuff, and I found
N> R while looking for stats programs that run on Linux. The
N> documentation seems to be fairly complete on the functions
N> contained within R, but to be honest, I cannot find documentation
N> on how to get STARTED using R, especially for someone who's never
N> used a stats software package before. The notes that are
N> available separately didn't seem to shed any light on how to get
N> started, like entering in data to run basic graphs like
N> histograms, ojives and freq polygons. I've also done some
N> searches on relevant engines and haven't found any Web
N> resources. Can anyone point me to some beginners' type of
N> documentation so I can RTFM? :)
One of the best sources for learning R (or S) is the book "Modern
Applied Statistics with S-PLUS (2nd ed)" by Venables and Ripley. See
http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/MASS2/
The authors have created an on-line "`R' Complements" document
http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/MASS2/VR2R.pdf
that outlines how to use R. It also describes some of the differences
between R and S-PLUS you will need to watch for when reading their
book.
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