[R] Hello & a simple question

Mike Prager Mike.Prager at noaa.gov
Tue Jul 16 21:30:41 CEST 2002

At 7/16/2002 at 04:30 PM, January Weiner 3 wrote:
>I'm new to R, but it seems to work nicely for me from the start.  Being a
>molecular biologist, I do not have a profound knowledge of statistical
>reasoning.  I have two questions:
>1) is there an other manual for R available apart from the `R-intro'
>document, especially one with more in-deep description of calculating
>basic statistics with R?

My copy of R (Windows 1.5.1) came with both an R Language Manual and an R 
Reference Manual in PDF format.  On that version, they are in the help 
system under "Help > Manuals".

The books by Venables and Ripley are standard recommendations.  "Modern 
Applied Statistics with S-Plus" and "S Programming."

You can also check amazon.com by searching for books on S-Plus.  Since 
S-Plus and R are both implementations of the S language, much of the 
documentation for S-Plus applies to R.

There is a fairly simple statistics book by Steve Selvin that uses S-Plus 
for the analyses.  The title is "Modern Applied Biostatistical Methods 
Using S-Plus."  Although it is a few years old, its coverage of S is mainly 
on programming, rather than GUI issues, so it might be useful in getting 
started with R.

Finally, try searching the Web for "S Language" or "S-Plus" or "S" and 

Best of luck!


Michael Prager, Ph.D.                <Mike.Prager at noaa.gov>
NOAA Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research
Beaufort, North Carolina  28516

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