R for Dummies

R for Dummies is the book to get you started using R for statistical programming.  R is a an open source programming language for statistical programming. With more than 2 million users worldwide, it has deep traction in academia as well as commerce.

At PentaLibra, we use R exclusively for all our statistical analysis of survey data.


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R for Dummies is aimed at anyone who is keen to learn R. You need no previous programming knowledge, and neither do you need any statistics knowledge. We try to demonstrate everything you need to know with easy to use, practical examples.

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Table of contents

Introduction Part I: R You Ready?

  • Chapter 1: Introducing R: The Big Picture
  • Chapter 2: Exploring R
  • Chapter 3: The Fundamentals of R

Part II: Getting Down to Work in R

  • Chapter 4: Getting Started with Arithmetic
  • Chapter 5: Getting Started with Reading and Writing
  • Chapter 6: Going on a Date with R
  • Chapter 7: Working in More Dimensions

Part III: Coding in R

  • Chapter 8: Putting the Fun in Functions
  • Chapter 9: Controlling the Logical Flow
  • Chapter 10: Debugging Your Code
  • Chapter 11: Getting Help

Part IV: Making the Data Talk

  • Chapter 12: Getting Data into and out of R
  • Chapter 13: Manipulating and Processing Data
  • Chapter 14: Summarizing Data
  • Chapter 15: Testing Differences and Relations

Part V: Working with Graphics

  • Chapter 16: Using Base Graphics
  • Chapter 17: Creating Faceted Graphics with Lattice
  • Chapter 18: Looking At ggplot2 Graphics

Part VI: The Part of Tens

  • Chapter 19: Ten Things You Can Do in R That You Would've Done in Microsoft Excel
  • Chapter 20: Ten Tips on Working with Packages

Appendix: Installing R and RStudio