[R] Updated introductory text

Kurt Hornik Kurt.Hornik at ci.tuwien.ac.at
Sat Feb 17 17:01:25 CET 2001

>>>>> Peter Dalgaard BSA writes:

> Mark Myatt <mark at myatt.demon.co.uk> writes:
>> I have updated my practical introduction to using R to analyse
>> epidemiological data for the March 2001 Computer Software in
>> Epidemiology course at the Nordic School of Public Health to include a
>> short section on object orientation. You can get this from:
>> http://www.myatt.demon.co.uk
>> As a ZIP file containing MS Word '95 (DOC) and Adobe Acrobat v4.xx (PDF)
>> version of the document as well as the sample data files used in the
>> exercises.
>> I place this material in the public domain. Feel free to make use of it
>> as you will.

> Hey, this looks nice. I especially like the banquet data for logistic
> regression. I suggest that we put it on CRAN, although probably
> separate the .pdf and .doc files so they can be viewed directly.
> Could you add a couple of words about the level of the intended
> audience.

> A bunch of minor corrections (non-exhaustive, just what caught my eye.
> PDF page numbers)

> p2:  (Exc.3) general*ized* linear models
> p7:  ctest is automatically loaded nowadays
> p33: Bill Venables misspelled in "S programming" entry

Yes, that looks *VERY NICE*, and I think we should definitely put this
on CRAN.  [I also like the banquet data ... the conclusion is that the
lattice was bad?]

I have three remarks.

* Technically one should refer to R add-ons as *packages* (and not as

* I'd prefer only putting up the .pdf file.

* Re scripts and data, one option is to the same as for Jim's ``Data
  Analysis and Graphics Using R'' who makes these available via his home
  page, and CRAN has a link to this.  Alternatively, we could set up a
  place in CRAN which holds ``packages'' which are really data and
  scripts and perhaps some extra code to be used along with docs.

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