[R] Re: S-plus book

Ott Toomet siim at obs.ee
Fri Mar 15 08:52:36 CET 2002

On Thu, 14 Mar 2002, Francisco J Molina wrote:

  |I would like to know if a book on S-plus could help me to learn R.

As mentioned, MASS (modern applied statistics with S-plus) is a classical
book for R.  You should only be aware that 

- the book do not mention R at all
- you need slight modifications for the example code (e.g. you should often
load a specific library)
- you should install packages VR and MASS (the last one is presumably
installed by default), these packages include all (?) the necessary code for
the examples.
- you should also take a look at the book's home page (it can be found from
http://www.r-project.org/doc/bib/R-publications.html), there is some
information for R usage.

I really recommend that book, do not be afraid that it only speaks about

If you are more interested in programming yourself, and less in
pre-programmed packages, you may consider ,,S programming'' by Venables &
Ripley.  This book speaks about R explicitly (because it is newer?).  

On the URL above, you may find more recommendations, but I think the others
are more specific.


Ott Toomet

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