[R] Applicability of "Programming with Data" Text

Mark Myatt mark at myatt.demon.co.uk
Thu Nov 1 10:36:02 CET 2001

Randall Skelton <rhskelto at atm.ox.ac.uk> writes:

>Before I consider purchasing it, can someone comment on the general
>applicability of John Chambers' book titled "Programming with Data" for R
>programming.  I am currently using R-1.3.1 with the Omega SLanguage and
>RSMethod packages.

If you are in a situation where you want to buy one good book on R
programming then I think 'Programming with Data' might disappoint. It
does have some strong points particularly on getting data in odd formats
into R/S. I find the text a little abstract and the examples quite S-
Plus specific. I find:

        Venables, W.N., Ripley, B.D., ‘S Programming’, Springer, New
        York, 2000

better and:

        Krause A., Olson M., ‘The Basics of S and S-Plus (Second
        Edition)’, Springer, New York, 2000

Is a pretty good basic text.

Just my tuppence.


Mark Myatt

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