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Bare-Bones R

Bare-Bones R
A Brief Introductory Guide

November 2009 | 96 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This text provides a practical, hands-on introduction to the elements of R and R Commander. Assuming no background in computer programming, author Thomas P. Hogan guides the novice in using these valuable tools for statistical analysis. The book walks the reader through steps for downloading and then works through examples of basic statistical processing.

Key Features:

- "Base R" covered including downloading, creating data sets, using R functions, and R graphics

- R Commander information includes downloading, inputting data, statistical analysis, and graphing.

- The author shows how to import and export data or files, using add-on packages, and annotated references for further skill development.

- The book is suitable as a supplement to any standard introduction to statistics or for the person in the social and behavioral sciences, education, and allied health fields who wants a quick start on R

Accompanied by a Student Study Site

An upcoming student study site at contains downloadable data sets used in the text as well as selected updates for R.

Table of Contents
About the Author
Part 1: Base R
1-1: What is R?
1-2: R's Up's and Down's
1-3: Getting Started: Loading R
1-4: Getting Started Really: Using R as a Calculator
1-5: Creating a Data Set
1-6: Using R Functions: Simple Ones
1-7: Reading in Larger Data Sets
1-8: Getting Help
1-9: Dealing with Missing Data
1-10: Using R Functions: Hypothesis-tests
1-11: R Functions for Commonly Used Statistics
1-12: Two COmmands for Managing Your Files
1-13: R Graphics
Chapter 2: R Commander?
2-1: What is R Commander
2-2: R Commander Windows and Menus
2-3: The Data Menu
2-4: The Statistics Menu
2-5: The Graphics Menu
2-6: The Distributions Menu: Two Quick Examples
Chapter 3: Some Other Stuff
3-1: A Few Other Ways to Enter Data
3-2: Exporting R Results
3-3: Bonus: Build Your Own Functions
3-4: An Example of an Add-on Package
3-5: Keeping Up to Date
3-6: Going Further: Selected References
Handy List of a Few Crucial Commands in base R
Going Further: Selected References

"A terrific intro book! I'll recommend it to any class I teach in which I use R."

Gary McDonald
Oakland University

Content can be found fairly easily online so cost is not justified.

Mr Rafael Garcia
Psychology Dept, University of Arizona
October 27, 2011

Usefull for enttry level students but it needs to include a chapter on EDA and another on a couple of more advanced topics such as Regression and ANOVA.

Dr Christos Makrigeorgis
School Of Management, Walden University
September 4, 2010

Bare-Bones really does describe this book. There really is nothing in it.

Dr Vonda Walsh
Math Computer Science Dept, Virginia Military Institute
September 1, 2010

"strongly recommended" reading for my Data Analysis course. It helps the students navigate the first few weeks of the semester

Dr Fernando De Paolis
Intern'l Policy Studies, Monterey Institute of International Studies
August 24, 2010

It's a little TOO bare bones for my course. Also, half of the very brief book was on R Commander, which I don't use and don't think is a good idea for students to use. R Commander is difficult to install on the operating system I use, and that many of my student use (Mac OS X). I've tried R Commander, but it just puts another level of abstraction between students and data. I have too many colleagues who think that data analysis means hunting and clicking your way through menus of canned statistical procedures. We should not foster this attitude in students. Take out the material on R Commander and beef up the section on command line R, and this could be a very useful supplement to a statistics text.

Dr William King
Psychology Sociology Dept, Coastal Carolina University
February 23, 2010

Quality of the book was low (e.g., pixelated images) and the coverage too sparse. There is a need for this kind of book, but the book would need to be much more comprehensive (e.g., by covering the breadth of what I cover in an intro stats class) to be worth requiring.

Kyle E Jennings
Psychology Dept, University of California - Berkeley
January 19, 2010

Not comprehensive enough for the purpose of this introductory class

Dr Christopher Karadjov
Journlalism, California State University - Long Beach
December 22, 2009

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