[R] Learning R: which book to choose?

Jason Turner jasont at indigoindustrial.co.nz
Sat Oct 12 11:31:29 CEST 2002

On Sat, Oct 12, 2002 at 07:44:03PM +0200, Jan Krupa wrote:
> I am new to R. I am going to by one of the following book:
> 1.
> William N. Venables and Brian D. Ripley. Modern Applied Statistics 
> with S-Plus.
> Third Edition. Springer, 1999. ISBN 0-387-98825-4.
> 2.
>  The  Fourth Edition of the book from point 1.
> 3.
> `S Programming'
>  by W. N. Venables and B. D. Ripley
>  Springer. ISBN 0-387-98966-8, 2000.

It depends.  Do you want to use R for analysis, or to write your
own extensions?  Probably the first, I'd guess; extension writing 
usually comes later.

Modern Applied Statistics with S-Plus, 4th edition (MASS4) is a good 
introduction if you're already a statistician.  If not, a a good
introductory book is

Introductory Statistics with R.  Peter Dalgaard.  Springer.
ISBN 0387954759

MASS4 is certainly more complete than ISwR, but if you're not already 
a statistician, it's a difficult starting book (challenging, but not


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