[R] How to google for R stuff?
villandl at dms.umontreal.ca
Wed May 20 15:43:14 CEST 2009
Kynn Jones wrote:
> Hi! I'm new to R programming, though I've been programming in other
> languages for years.
> One thing I find most frustrating about R is how difficult it is to use
> Google (or any other search tool) to look for answers to my R-related
> questions. With languages with even slightly more distinctive names like
> Perl, Java, Python, Matlab, OCaml, etc., usually including the name of the
> language in the query is enough to ensure that the top hits are relevant.
> But this trick does not work for R, because the letter R appears by itself
> in so many pages, that the chaff overwhelms the wheat, so to speak.
> So I'm curious to learn what strategies R users have found to get around
> this annoyance.
> [[alternative HTML version deleted]]
> R-help at r-project.org mailing list
> PLEASE do read the posting guide http://www.R-project.org/posting-guide.html
> and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
I've had this problem too in the beginning. Luckily, my personal
experience has taught me that almost all relevant R-related information
can be found either by searching directly through the archives of the
different R-forums or by using the functions "RSiteSearch()" or
"help.search()". The reference manuals provided with each package
(easily accessible on CRAN) are also invaluable sources of information.
Unfortunately, phrasing queries in a way that will yield relevant
results is sometimes hard. Knowledge of the terminology mostly comes
from experience, so patience is in order.
Of course, as a last recourse, there's always the mailing list.
Bottom line is, I suggest you try to avoid generic search engines and
concentrate your efforts on the different R-forums (note that there are
also package-specific forums).
I suspect the more experienced R-users might have better strategies to
McGill University Health Center -
Montreal Children's Hospital Research Institute/
More information about the R-help