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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox (June 5 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111816430X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118164303
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 839 g
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Gain better insight into your data using the power of R

While R is very flexible and powerful, it is unlike most of the computer programs you have used. In order to unlock its full potential, this book delves into the language, making it accessible so you can tackle even the most complex of data analysis tasks. Simple data examples are integrated throughout so you can explore the capabilities and versatility of R. Along the way, you'll also learn how to carry out a range of commonly used statistical methods, including Analysis of Variance and Linear Regression. By the end, you'll be able to effectively and efficiently analyze your data and present the results.

Beginning R:

  • Discusses how to implement some basic statistical methods such as the t-test, correlation, and tests of association

  • Explains how to turn your graphs from merely adequate to simply stunning

  • Provides you with the ability to define complex analytical situations

  • Demonstrates ways to make and rearrange your data for easier analysis

  • Covers how to carry out basic regression as well as complex model building and curvilinear regression

  • Shows how to produce customized functions and simple scripts that can automate your workflow

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About the Author

Dr. Mark Gardener is an ecologist, lecturer, and writer working in the UK. He is currently self-employed and runs courses in ecology, data analysis, and R for a variety of organizations.

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HASH(0x9c069330) out of 5 stars Practice Problems May 8 2013
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I have experience with statistics, SAS, and C programming, but I had no experience with R. The book has been quite useful for learning the basics of R programming. The features I particularly like are: (1) end of chapter summaries, (2) practice problems, with solutions at the end of the book, and (3) clearly written explanations of 'How It Works'.

The author covers how to use R to conduct statistical analyses that would be covered in a basic or advanced undergraduate statistics class. As noted in another review, the focus is on how to conduct an analysis (e.g., t-test), not why a t-test would be appropriate.

The book would be a great companion to a statistics book such as Howell's Statistical Methods for Psychology. Students who are enrolled in a statistics class or have had a statistics class and want to learn R may benefit the most from the book. The practice problems with solutions make it quite useful for self-teaching.
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HASH(0x9c065384) out of 5 stars Good for beginning the basics of data analysis Aug. 21 2013
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I read the book from the perspective of an experienced software developer and found that the book described R's functions and capabilties in a manner that was too simple and from my perspective and didn't require the level of details provided in the book. But with that being said, the book would be perfect for perhaps researchers or scientists with a less-strong programming background because it guides the users through the basics of beginning data analyses with R with thorough examples and exercises. I found the book requires a grasp of statistics to really appreciate the content (even though some concepts are explained). Only one chapter seemed relevant for the actual "programming" of R. On the other hand I got a decent enough overview of the nature of functions built into R.
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf3c918) out of 5 stars Not an Intro book for non programmers. Nov. 20 2012
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Updating my review and raised it a star...
This is a good third level book. It makes very little use of any 3rd party packages. Just native R functions.

After you have played with R for a semester, this may be a good follow on book. It will improve your R knowledge and decide how deep you want to go into programming with R.

There is 5 different ways to do stuff, so ever book shows a different way. Not relaying on packages gives some "behind the scenes" on what is happening.

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The book really shouldn't start with Beginning R. On the book cover it says programmer to programmer in small text in the upper right hand corner. Programmers is who the book is directed at.

I bought the book because it had Beginning in the title and the kindle version price was reasonable.

1. The book assumes you have the required math/statistics knowledge already.

2. The book assumes you have a good understanding of programming already.

Based on my quick look at the book last night this isn't a book for someone familiar with the research methods based approach. The use of the word "independent" is only 3 times in the context of "independent variable" in the entire book. There is 3 sample PDFs on the books web site. just google for it.

I will update my review in a couple months after I have progressed in my knowledge more, but wanted to help out those who were considering this book.

Also the "R for dummies" and "Art of R programming" are not intro books either. The R for dummies book is more disappointing as dummies books are usually good intro books.
HASH(0x9bdfdca8) out of 5 stars This book is horrible. I have to use another stats book to ... Jan. 1 2016
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This book is horrible. I have to use another stats book to understand. It says its not a stats book. It's more of a ref book after you already learned stats and R. It doesnt explain anything well.
HASH(0x9be1e798) out of 5 stars Four Stars Dec 6 2015
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R is hard; this book makes it a little bit easier