[R] Learning R: which book to choose?
Ko-Kang Kevin Wang
Ko-Kang at xtra.co.nz
Sat Oct 12 21:44:19 CEST 2002
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From: "Jan Krupa" <krupa at alpha.sggw.waw.pl>
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Subject: [R] Learning R: which book to choose?
> I am new to R. I am going to by one of the following book:
> William N. Venables and Brian D. Ripley. Modern Applied Statistics
> with S-Plus.
> Third Edition. Springer, 1999. ISBN 0-387-98825-4.
> The Fourth Edition of the book from point 1.
> `S Programming'
> by W. N. Venables and B. D. Ripley
> Springer. ISBN 0-387-98966-8, 2000.
> I can only by one of the above books.
> I have found the following info at the site
> http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/MASS4/ :
> ''The material on programming has been reduced since the first and
> second editions''
> Is that also true that
> The material on programming has been reduced since the THIRD edition?
> Q2. Which of the books 1 or 2 do you suggest to buy?
> I mean which one is more complete?
> May be the third (3) book would be enough to learn R?
It depends on what you want to do. If you are only using R to do normal
analysis, either (1) or (2) above will be sufficient. I would recommend
(2), as it is the latest version AND it is written for R 1.5.0 in mind, i.e.
takes in the changes made since MASS3. MASS3 was written a bit more towards
S-plus, though the materials can be used in R too. As for the pricing, I
think both MASS3 and MASS4 have roughly the same price.
S Programing is more for developers or more experienced users (I've a copy
of it, as well as MASS4). It also talks about the object-oriented features,
how to write classes, functions...etc.
Hope this helps,
Ko-Kang Kevin Wang
Post Graduate PGDipSci Student
Department of Statistics
University of Auckland
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