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R for Data Science by Hadley Wickham
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it was amazing

This book is an excellent gentle introduction to data analysis and exploration in R. I especially recommend it as the 1st book for software engineers who want to move into data science.

Because the "tidyverse" libraries are very "magical", making extensive use of nonstandard syntactical features like unquoted column names, this book does not teach good general programming practices. Therefore I do not recommend it if you are unfamiliar with programming and want to learn.

I recommend skipping Part IV entirely, as I feel the attempt at introducing regression in a non-mathematical way is largely a failure. I like the book in spite of this shortcoming.

This book is available for free from the author at http://r4ds.had.co.nz

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