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R for Dummies

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  153 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Mastering R has never been easier Picking up R can be tough, even for seasoned statisticians and data analysts. R For Dummies, 2nd Edition provides a quick and painless way to master all the R you'll ever need. Requiring no prior programming experience and packed with tons of practical examples, step-by-step exercises, and sample code, this friendly and accessible guide sh ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 7th 2015 by For Dummies (first published January 1st 2012)
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John Orman
Lots of code snippets listed in the book, but no CD with longer programs written in R, a programming language used for statistical analysis. I used this book to get a quick learning of R that I was using for a free, online Data Analysis class. Good text for someone with no knowledge of R or S languages.
Jessica
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars. This was a more helpful introduction to R than my first attempt, an online course that assumed I already knew the basics of R and was mostly about building graphs using ggplot2. I read this and went, "Ohhhhh, I see why this is useful." It covers the basics about how R organizes data — the differences between vectors, matrices, data frames, and lists — and then explains how to sort and filter data frames, finally ending with a bit about graphing. For the most part, they explained the s ...more
SocProf
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: data-science
You know what to expect with Dummies books. This one is actually a bit more advanced than the usual Dummies book. I got it because I was taking a class on R programming with one of the authors and read most of it through. Don't get this if you are really more interested in the statistical part of R. This is really a book about R PROGRAMMING. That is, the premise is that R is first a programming language, then, mostly used for statistics. But 80% of the book is about programming. Only at the end ...more
Sofia
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"R for Dummies" was quite helpful for getting a start with the data exploration in R.
Reinhardt
A good conceptual overview of R, but not necessarily a good way to learn R. Gives the highlights of the base R install and touches briefly on some popular packages.

A better choice to learn R would be to get a book specific to the domain you want to use it in, like R for Data Science. A book like that will use R Studio, which is the only sensible way to use R, and cover the packages that make the most sense for that particular application.

Any introduction to R should cover the ggplot package as
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Eduardo
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I committed to learning to code in R, my first thought was "there has to be a 'for Dummies' book on this subject". There is and I'm glad that this is the introductory book that I read. There may be lots of resources out there for the basics of R and this one teaches those basics very well. I took a few online courses and attended a few workshops while reading this book and I found the book to always be more thorough than the other media I used. I intend to continue learning more about R and ...more
Démi
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone with absolutely zero experience with any programming language, this book really helped me get started on understanding what R's about. I can't say I understood everything perfectly, but it helped me realize that I actually quite enjoy working with R, which is something I never would've thought. I think the book is quite clear on the majority of subjects, and a good start if you don't know much about programming. Do realize that most of the book is about understanding R syntax, coding, ...more
Ieben
Nov 15, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Explains how to code with R in a clear manner but is too repetitive, while coding is all about finding efficient ways to solve problems. I would suggest using an online learn platform like DataCamp instead, which forces you to write the code you are learning
Richard
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book for R beginners, even though the structure of the book didn't suit my preferred way of learning.

For learning an unfamiliar programming language, I prefer to learn by being led through basic scenarios by the author. Learn by doing - picking up some basic knowledge as I go. Further reading then builds on these basics.

This book isn't structured like that. It's method is to explain all the parts of R. There are some work-related tasks at the back, which somewhat pulls the earli
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Amy
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great reference book for those who are dipping those toes into the pool of R Programming. Instead of reading it cover to cover, I keep it beside me while tackling programming homework and extra credit assignments when I get stuck or reach functions I don't understand/remember. This reference book will come in handy in the future for navigating me through the ins and outs of programming while progressing through Coursera's Data Science Specialization program. This is written in plain En ...more
Bill
Dec 29, 2012 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
So far so good. Very simple to follow, and I actually started writing some code on my first night.
Xiao
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great introductory text. Just enough space and latitude for me to get started.
Rabih
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book to refer to for quick tip and advise.
Aasim Waheed
Jul 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: analytics-and-ml
Dummies books are always good when you want to dabble into a completely new subject; this is another example. If you are considering learning R, start with this book
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