A beginner's guide to R [electronic resource] /
by Alain F. Zuur, Elena N. Ieno, Erik H.W.G. Meesters.
New York ; London : Springer, 2009.
xv, 218 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
0387938370, 9780387938370
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New York ; London : Springer, 2009.
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The most common use of R is for statistical analysis. Zuur and Ieno (both, Highland Statistics Ltd., UK) and Meesters (Dutch Institute for Marine Resources and Ecosystem Studies, Netherlands) state that their experience in teaching R to life scientists has shown that teaching beginners R and statistics together is not a good teaching strategy. Thus, they focus on teaching the fundamentals of programming in R so that after acquiring a basic knowledge of R, learners can then proceed to use the language for statistical or other applications. The book has many admirable features. It introduces key commands in easy stages. Each chapter has a number of illustrative examples, lucidly explained, and ends with a review of what has been covered. Chapters also contain exercises at the end that reinforce the examples provided. The last chapter provides a very helpful list of common mistakes made by persons starting to learn R. This is a useful work for self-study or for an introductory course, allowing readers to apply their knowledge of the language to begin learning how to use R for statistical analysis or other purposes. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All levels of readership. R. Bharath emeritus, Northern Michigan University

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