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5.0 out of 5 stars surprisingly interesting book, January 5, 2011
This review is from: R in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference (In a Nutshell (O'Reilly)) (Paperback)
I found this book a Barnes and Nobles and was just planning on skimming through. I also have another book in the nutshell series "Statistics in a Nutshell" which is also quite good for a supposedly concise book. This is pretty thick for a nutshell book with 493 pages of text and about another 110 of appendices, references and indices. I am interested in learning R because it is so useful for statistical methods and graphics at all levels. Chapters 1-4 cover the basics of the language and the computer interface and part II (Chapters 5-11) is pretty detailed about the language and object-oriented programming in general. But what really sold me on the book was part III "Working with data". It covers saving,loading, editing and preparing data followed by statistical graphics, and statistical methods. Statistical method and models are covered in Chapters 16-24 and is actually a tutorial on statistics with applications in R. Chapter 16 is about analyzing data and even includes a section on resampling methods, Chapter 17 covers probability, Chapter 18 is about hypothesis testing and 19 is about experimental design. Chapter 20 covers regression, 21 classification, 22 machine learning including mostly unsepervised learning in the form of cluster analysis. Chapter 23 covers aspects of time series analysis and Chapter 24 is an illustrative example of genetics using a bioconductor. It is a paperback book that costs about $50 and I think it is well worth it as it provides a nice reference for problem solving using R which is free downloadable software with the powerful CRAN library of statistical routines that can be used for any of the application mentioned in the text.
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