[R] R for simple stats

Bill Barnard bill at barnard-engineering.com
Fri Jun 28 08:47:13 CEST 2002

Cool, I can actually help out a little here. I'm doing a bit of self
study to learn some statistics myself. I will recommend a text I bought
recently, "Modern Applied Statistics with S-PLUS", 3rd Ed. by Venables &
Ripley. It's helped me tremendously with making sense of R in the
context of solving statistical problems, and I might learn to understand
a little statistics along the way.

Here's how I find out about a function I'm interested in:

> help.search("skew")
Help files with alias or title matching `skew',
type `help(FOO, package = PKG)' to inspect entry `FOO(PKG) TITLE':

k3.linear(boot)         Linear Skewness Estimate

> library(boot)
> ?k3.linear

There is no such function as FOO, but you can type:
> help(k3.linear, package=boot)
to read the help pages. I add the package/library to my search path,
then invoke help as shown, or 
> help(k3.linear)
then read on to see whether that is really the thing I'm looking for.



On Thu, 2002-06-27 at 21:12, Tim Wilson wrote:
> I guess what I'm looking for is a reference that would point me to a
> particular R library or function for a particular statistic that I'd
> like to calculate. For example, I look up skewness and it tells me to
> use the foo function. Does such a think exist?
Bill Barnard
bill at barnard-engineering.com

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