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Comments on Ask MetaFilter post BookSuggestionFilter: I need to learn R (and about statistics) in a hurry.Thu, 22 Oct 2009 19:35:00 -0800Thu, 22 Oct 2009 19:35:00 -0800en-ushttp://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss60Question: BookSuggestionFilter: I need to learn R (and about statistics) in a hurry.
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BookSuggestionFilter: I need to learn about R (and statistical modeling) in a hurry. <br /><br /> 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).<br>
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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).<br>
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I'm looking for some book recommendations for the following:<br>
1) a refresher on general statistics and some introductory material with statistical modeling<br>
2) a book about R for someone who is an experienced software developerpost:ask.metafilter.com,2009:site.136197Thu, 22 Oct 2009 19:17:29 -0800kenliuRstatisticsbooksBy: eisenkr
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My favorite R book is Gelman and Hill's "<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/052168689X/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/">Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models</a>." The book focuses more on regression (both frequentist and Bayesian) than basic probability which sounds like what you're into. Plus it's relatively cheap.<br>
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From the software development side, I've heard some good things about <a href="http://heather.cs.ucdavis.edu/~matloff/R/RProg.pdf"> R for programmers</a> (pdf link). I haven't read this yet, but a free book is never a bad place to start.<br>
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Good luck!comment:ask.metafilter.com,2009:site.136197-1946131Thu, 22 Oct 2009 19:35:00 -0800eisenkrBy: RevF^2
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For personal reasons, I'm hoping <a href="http://www.e-booksdirectory.com/details.php?ebook=1898">this book</a> does the same for me. And, like eisenkr's suggestion, it's free.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2009:site.136197-1946143Thu, 22 Oct 2009 19:47:19 -0800RevF^2By: grouse
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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 <em>An Introduction to S and S-Plus</em> 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.comment:ask.metafilter.com,2009:site.136197-1946169Thu, 22 Oct 2009 20:16:29 -0800grouseBy: special-k
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I use R every single day for work. <br>
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The only book I would recommend for you is<a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0470510242/metafilter-20/ref=nosim/"> The R Book</a> by Michael Crawley.<br>
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It fills both your needs - a refresher on statistics, and a primer on the R language. Totally worth owning a copy.<br>
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I can also recommend plenty of online resources if you are interested...comment:ask.metafilter.com,2009:site.136197-1946196Thu, 22 Oct 2009 20:51:43 -0800special-kBy: special-k
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Also meant to link to this: <a href="http://cran.r-project.org/doc/manuals/R-intro.pdf">An intro to R.</a>comment:ask.metafilter.com,2009:site.136197-1946202Thu, 22 Oct 2009 20:56:42 -0800special-k