[R] Learning R: which book to choose?

Mike Prager Mike.Prager at noaa.gov
Sat Oct 12 20:43:12 CEST 2002

At 07:44 PM 10/12/2002 +0200, Jan Krupa wrote:
>I am new to R. I am going to by one of the following book:
>1. [...]Modern Applied Statistics [MASS] with S-Plus. Third Edition.[...]
>2. The  Fourth Edition of the book from point 1.
>3. `S Programming'[...]
>  Q1. ''The material on programming has been reduced since the first and 
> second editions''  Is that also true that
>The material on programming has been reduced since the THIRD  edition?

Not as far as I can see.

>  Q2. Which of the books 1 or 2 do you suggest to buy? I mean which one is 
> more complete?

The 4th edn is more up to date than the 3rd edn., and it has added specific 
coverage of R.

>  May be the third (3) book would be enough to learn R?

#2 (MASS 4) would probably be better.  It covers basic programming and also 
many of the available S functions, including statistical and graphics 
routines. For most users, it would be a better introduction than `S 
Programming', which is more technically oriented.

Michael Prager, Ph.D.                <Mike.Prager at noaa.gov>
NOAA Beaufort Laboratory
Beaufort, North Carolina  28516

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