[R] will book on S plus help understanding R ?
Prof Brian D Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Mar 24 08:04:09 CET 1999
On Tue, 23 Mar 1999, Josef Bohart wrote:
> Was wondering if any body would know if the book "Programming with Data"
a guide to S language could be used as a guide to working with the R language.
> Comments, suggestions, a book review is welcomed.
Can I try to be rather precise. John Chambers' 1998 book is about version 4
of the S language: one of its roles is the manual for that language. Sv4 is
not available outside a small group of people, but is the basis for S-PLUS
5.x. Note though that S-PLUS 5.x differs in a number of ways from Sv4.
R is currently `not unlike' S version 3 and S-PLUS 3.x. The ideas in
Chambers' book about programming design and new features are very valuable,
but I think the details will confuse anyone who is not using Sv4, possibly
including those using S-PLUS 5.x.
On the other hand, I think most books about S-PLUS 3.x would help
in understanding R. One in particular has on-line material to assist its
use with R.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
1 South Parks Road, +44 1865 272860 (secr)
Oxford OX1 3TG, UK Fax: +44 1865 272595
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