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Jeri Parrent
 I have only used R a little  bit, and I am looking for a good,
comprehensive
   book on R, but one that is approachable for a novice like myself.
   Any suggestions?
   Thanks,
   Jeri

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Re: Good Book for learning R

Jeff Hollister
Jeri,

There may be some newer options now, but when I was first learning R, I
used Peter Dalgaard's, Introductory Statistics with R.

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 I have only used R a little  bit, and I am looking for a good,
comprehensive
   book on R, but one that is approachable for a novice like myself.
   Any suggestions?
   Thanks,
   Jeri

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Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
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Re: Good Book for learning R

Dan Rabosky
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I strongly recommend Michael Crawley's "The R Book". A bit expensive,  
but absolutely worth it. It is nearly 900 pages and covers everything  
from data structures to character string manipulation to stats. There  
may be better books out there, but I haven't seen them. As an aside,  
Crawley has a much shorter book which mainly focuses on basic  
statistics in R and which isn't nearly as useful as "the R book".

Unfortunately, all of the books of which I am aware are either  
references or emphasize statistics in R. I have not yet come across a  
good book on R programming that compares to the books available for  
most other languages (e.g., with student exercises etc tailored to  
the programming neophyte).

~Dan




On May 6, 2008, at 8:09 AM, Jeri Parrent wrote:

>  I have only used R a little  bit, and I am looking for a good,
> comprehensive
>    book on R, but one that is approachable for a novice like myself.
>    Any suggestions?
>    Thanks,
>    Jeri
>
> --
> Jeri Lynn Parrent
> Postdoctoral Fellow
> Department of Integrative Biology
> University of Guelph
> Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada
> Tel: 519-824-4120 x56009
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Re: Good Book for learning R

Glen Sargeant
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For a relatively concise and painless introduction, I suggest reading
Dalgaard's "Introductory statistics with R," then the introductory
material in Venables and Ripley, "Modern Applied Statistics with S."

Once you have a good grounding in the basics, you may find most help in
topic-specific materials.  See the R website for a lengthy list of books
and other resources.

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 I have only used R a little  bit, and I am looking for a good,
comprehensive
   book on R, but one that is approachable for a novice like myself.
   Any suggestions?
   Thanks,
   Jeri

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Integrative Biology
University of Guelph
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Re: Good Book for learning R

Alexander Shenkin
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I will second Dan's sentiment here: I haven't found a single source
which comprehensively lays out the programming framework for R (though
I've never seen The R Book).  I ended up learning (and still am
learning) how to program R in a relatively piecemeal manner.  Some of
the references which come with R will give you a nice, very basic intro
with which you can get going (Venables & Smith's "An Introduction to R",
in particular).  There's also the "R Reference Card"
(http://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Short-refcard.pdf) which is a
nice companion as you're plugging away, though not too appropriate for
first time learning.

My own suggestion would be to read through Venables & Smith, and then
learn the rest as you go along, as you need it.

allie

Dan Rabosky wrote:

> I strongly recommend Michael Crawley's "The R Book". A bit expensive,  
> but absolutely worth it. It is nearly 900 pages and covers everything  
> from data structures to character string manipulation to stats. There  
> may be better books out there, but I haven't seen them. As an aside,  
> Crawley has a much shorter book which mainly focuses on basic  
> statistics in R and which isn't nearly as useful as "the R book".
>
> Unfortunately, all of the books of which I am aware are either  
> references or emphasize statistics in R. I have not yet come across a  
> good book on R programming that compares to the books available for  
> most other languages (e.g., with student exercises etc tailored to  
> the programming neophyte).
>
> ~Dan
>
>
>
>
> On May 6, 2008, at 8:09 AM, Jeri Parrent wrote:
>
>>  I have only used R a little  bit, and I am looking for a good,
>> comprehensive
>>    book on R, but one that is approachable for a novice like myself.
>>    Any suggestions?
>>    Thanks,
>>    Jeri
>>
>> --
>> Jeri Lynn Parrent
>> Postdoctoral Fellow
>> Department of Integrative Biology
>> University of Guelph
>> Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada
>> Tel: 519-824-4120 x56009
>>
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Re: Good Book for learning R

Gavin Simpson
Venables and Ripley (2002) Modern Applied Stats with S, Springer and, in
particular, Venables and Ripley (2000) S Programming, Springer, are two
good resources for picking up tips, features of the language etc,
especially the latter.

Those looking at programming in R might also take a look at Braun and
Murdoch (2007) A First Course in Statistical Programming with R.
Cambridge University Press.

And John Chambers new (soon to be released if not already) book Software
for Data Analysis: Programming with R. Springer, which although I
haven't got a copy yet myself would seem to be ideally suited to the
sort of text one or two posters are looking for.

Whilst several people have mentioned The R Book, if this is anything
like Crawley's Statistical Computing tome (and from the table of
contents it very much looks like it is), then it has wide-ranging cover
of various aspects of statistics and computing in R (i.e. doing <insert
favourite stats technique here> in R), but isn't really designed as a
book to learn R programming per se, and I would not consider buying such
a book if my aim was to learn more about programming with R (although
what people mean by programming in R might differ from what I think of
it as...).

G

On Tue, 2008-05-06 at 09:53 -0500, Alexander Shenkin wrote:

> I will second Dan's sentiment here: I haven't found a single source
> which comprehensively lays out the programming framework for R (though
> I've never seen The R Book).  I ended up learning (and still am
> learning) how to program R in a relatively piecemeal manner.  Some of
> the references which come with R will give you a nice, very basic intro
> with which you can get going (Venables & Smith's "An Introduction to R",
> in particular).  There's also the "R Reference Card"
> (http://cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Short-refcard.pdf) which is a
> nice companion as you're plugging away, though not too appropriate for
> first time learning.
>
> My own suggestion would be to read through Venables & Smith, and then
> learn the rest as you go along, as you need it.
>
> allie
>
> Dan Rabosky wrote:
> > I strongly recommend Michael Crawley's "The R Book". A bit expensive,  
> > but absolutely worth it. It is nearly 900 pages and covers everything  
> > from data structures to character string manipulation to stats. There  
> > may be better books out there, but I haven't seen them. As an aside,  
> > Crawley has a much shorter book which mainly focuses on basic  
> > statistics in R and which isn't nearly as useful as "the R book".
> >
> > Unfortunately, all of the books of which I am aware are either  
> > references or emphasize statistics in R. I have not yet come across a  
> > good book on R programming that compares to the books available for  
> > most other languages (e.g., with student exercises etc tailored to  
> > the programming neophyte).
> >
> > ~Dan
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On May 6, 2008, at 8:09 AM, Jeri Parrent wrote:
> >
> >>  I have only used R a little  bit, and I am looking for a good,
> >> comprehensive
> >>    book on R, but one that is approachable for a novice like myself.
> >>    Any suggestions?
> >>    Thanks,
> >>    Jeri
> >>
> >> --
> >> Jeri Lynn Parrent
> >> Postdoctoral Fellow
> >> Department of Integrative Biology
> >> University of Guelph
> >> Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1, Canada
> >> Tel: 519-824-4120 x56009
> >>
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> > Cornell Lab of Ornithology
> > Cornell University
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> > fax 607 255 8088
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