[R] Fw: How to learn R language?

John Kane jrkrideau at yahoo.ca
Wed Aug 27 16:16:25 CEST 2008

I'm not a statistician so my approach may not make sense for you but I'd suggests having a look at Bob Muenchen's R for SAS and SPSS users in  pdf form (very useful) or his new book with the same title (which I have not seen yet) for a start. http://rforsasandspssusers.com/

If you want some very, very basic things I'd suggest having a look at the tutorial at http://www.math.ilstu.edu/dhkim/Rstuff/Rtutor.html

After that there are any number of useful references and on-line materials available through the R site.  Have a look at Books and Other on the left hand side of the page.  

If you can get them, I'd suggest having a look at Peter Dalgaard's  Introductory Statistics with R or John Verzani's Simple R.  The stats may be simple for you but the organized treatment of how to use these stats in R is very valuable.

The Introduction to R is very good but, at the risk of being accused of heresy, I'd suggest that it is much better if you read it after you get a feeling for the language. It also should be downloaded and read in the PDF format.  

Read the FAQ carefully, especially Section 7.  Section 7 highlights a lot of little things that can confuse a new user and reading it can save you hours of pounding your head against the wall. 

> From: saggak <saggak1908 at yahoo.co.in>
> Subject: How to learn R language?
> To: r-help at r-project.org
> Date: Wednesday, 27 August, 2008, 3:37 PM
> Hi!
> I am a post graduate in Statistics. I want to learn R
> language, but am very confused as to how to begin
> systematically. I need to learn R language from Statistics
> point of view e.g. I need to fit distributions to data or
> run regression analysis etc. No doubt there are so many
> articles available on internet. But can someone guide me as
> to how do I begin and go on improving myself SYSTEMATICALLY?
> Hence, please guide me as to how should I start learning R
> language? What should I read first etc.
> Thanks in advance,
> Sagga K

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