-Joseph M. Hilbe, Emeritus Professor, University of Hawaii and Adjunct Professor, Sociology and Statistics, Arizona State University, Journal of Statistical Software, Vol. 16, August 2006
The book is clearly meant to help a true beginner get started with the R package. It begins appropriately with a chapter presenting a description of R and installation instructions, the help (simple help) and vignette (detailed help) commands, and other available documentation. This chapter also discusses basic data handling techniques and methods for summarizing data. The remainder of the book consists of 14 chapters, each of which describes a different type of analysis. The chapters are generally well laid out and easy to understand. The book covers ANOVA/MANOVA, several forms of regression, an assortment of multivariate analyses, and various other forms of statistical analysis. For the experienced analyst wanting to learn R, this book is a useful, compact introduction.
This book, using analyses of real sets of data, takes the reader through many of the standard forms of statistical methodology using R. a very valuable reference. The book is particularly good at highlighting the graphical capabilities of the language.
-P. Marriott (University of Waterloo, Canada), Short Book Reviews