[R] Same code on Mac?
rbaer at atsu.edu
Thu Sep 1 17:30:18 CEST 2016
On 9/1/2016 9:44 AM, Sarah Goslee wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 31, 2016 at 4:25 PM, Tom Mosca <tom at vims.edu> wrote:
>> Using a PC I have written the R code for my elementary statistics students. One of the students has a Mac. Should the same lines of code work on a Mac?
>> Where can the student find support for R on her Mac? I don't know anything about them, and have never used one.
> There's an official FAQ for Mac, just as there is for Windows.
> There's also a Mac-specific email help list.
> Most R code will run as well or better on Mac. All of the OS problems
> I've run into tend to be problems with Windows. It's a bit harder to
> get some geospatial stuff working on Mac, but that's unlikely to be a
> problem with your elementary stats students.
Sarah has pointed you at some Mac support, but some additional advice as
to the student audience. [I live in a Windows world most of the time
and a Ubuntu world the rest of the time, so I have minimal knowledg of
OSX]. Having students install RStudio has really helped because it
brings cross-platform commonality here and there.
The biggest problems I've run into with beginning statistics students
are the issues related to getting them connected to our network and/or
reading in textbook datasets located on that network. Differences in
handling of line endings on text files. However, if you do ground work
to show them how to do some basic basic things early, they can support
themselves with these things. The commands will work the same
For text files I often have (Windows) students copy data to the
clipboard and use a command like x <- read.table(file = 'clipboard',
sep = '\t', header = TRUE) so we can work through some statistical
tests or graphing. This won't work on a Mac. An equivalent
formulation that is helpful on the Mac is x <- read.table(file =
pipe('pbpaste'), sep = '\t', header = TRUE)
Other than that, I think you'll find R extremely OS agnostic in a
Robert W. Baer, Ph.D.
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