R-beta: Where to begin with R?

Douglas Bates bates at stat.wisc.edu
Tue Sep 1 17:06:31 CEST 1998

>>>>> "N" == Neurowiz  <neurowiz at neurowiz.com> writes:

  N> I'm taking a class on Elementary Stats, basic stuff, and I found
  N> R while looking for stats programs that run on Linux. The
  N> documentation seems to be fairly complete on the functions
  N> contained within R, but to be honest, I cannot find documentation
  N> on how to get STARTED using R, especially for someone who's never
  N> used a stats software package before. The notes that are
  N> available separately didn't seem to shed any light on how to get
  N> started, like entering in data to run basic graphs like
  N> histograms, ojives and freq polygons. I've also done some
  N> searches on relevant engines and haven't found any Web
  N> resources. Can anyone point me to some beginners' type of
  N> documentation so I can RTFM? :)

One of the best sources for learning R (or S) is the book "Modern
Applied Statistics with S-PLUS (2nd ed)" by Venables and Ripley.  See

The authors have created an on-line "`R' Complements" document
that outlines how to use R.  It also describes some of the differences
between R and S-PLUS you will need to watch for when reading their

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