# BookSuggestionFilter: I need to learn R (and about statistics) in a hurry.

October 22, 2009 7:17 PM Subscribe

BookSuggestionFilter: I need to learn about R (and statistical modeling) in a hurry.

I need to learn R in a hurry. I'm heading full steam into a new software development project at work where I will be working with some hard-core statistical modelers who are building models in R (as well as using other stuff like SAS).

I have a degree in engineering so I am ok with the math, but it has been over a decade since I did anything with statistics (and it was pretty rough even back then).

I'm looking for some book recommendations for the following:

1) a refresher on general statistics and some introductory material with statistical modeling

2) a book about R for someone who is an experienced software developer

I need to learn R in a hurry. I'm heading full steam into a new software development project at work where I will be working with some hard-core statistical modelers who are building models in R (as well as using other stuff like SAS).

I have a degree in engineering so I am ok with the math, but it has been over a decade since I did anything with statistics (and it was pretty rough even back then).

I'm looking for some book recommendations for the following:

1) a refresher on general statistics and some introductory material with statistical modeling

2) a book about R for someone who is an experienced software developer

For personal reasons, I'm hoping this book does the same for me. And, like eisenkr's suggestion, it's free.

posted by RevF^2 at 7:47 PM on October 22, 2009

posted by RevF^2 at 7:47 PM on October 22, 2009

In my experience with free R documentation, it is usually not very good, and is, in part, responsible for the poor reputation of the R learning curve. I recommend

posted by grouse at 8:16 PM on October 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

*An Introduction to S and S-Plus*by Phil Spector. Despite the name, it is fine for learning R. I have lost track how many grad students and programmers I have inducted into the R fraternity with this book. It is short and well-written.posted by grouse at 8:16 PM on October 22, 2009 [1 favorite]

I use R every single day for work.

The only book I would recommend for you is The R Book by Michael Crawley.

It fills both your needs - a refresher on statistics, and a primer on the R language. Totally worth owning a copy.

I can also recommend plenty of online resources if you are interested...

posted by special-k at 8:51 PM on October 22, 2009

The only book I would recommend for you is The R Book by Michael Crawley.

It fills both your needs - a refresher on statistics, and a primer on the R language. Totally worth owning a copy.

I can also recommend plenty of online resources if you are interested...

posted by special-k at 8:51 PM on October 22, 2009

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From the software development side, I've heard some good things about R for programmers (pdf link). I haven't read this yet, but a free book is never a bad place to start.

Good luck!

posted by eisenkr at 7:35 PM on October 22, 2009