- Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series
- Paperback: 478 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (September 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781466586963
- ISBN-13: 978-1466586963
- ASIN: 1466586966
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 51 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #95,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Advanced R (Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series) 1st Edition
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NOTE: assumes intermediate knowledge of the language. Not worth it for beginners, as it doesn't teach you how to code in R. I suggest you consider getting this book after working/playing with R for >3-6 months.
What this book is not is a cookbook of how to do things in R. The examples require some sophistication in R programming to follow and are not for the eyes of R newbies. Once understood, however, they usually point out nuances of R that are missed in explanations in other books. (For those looking for “how to” information, I recommend the O’Reilly Series book, ‘R Cookbook’). If you have plowed into R programming from another language and you are unsure of issues like global vs local variables (scoping), the lack of pointers, the inner workings of data frames and other R data structures, or the way R handles array arithmetic, this is the book for you. If you are looking for a book on how to do things in R, this is probably the wrong book, although the reader will certainly be a better R programmer for having read and understood the material in this book. Recommended!
(It's also available for free at Wickham's webpage, but the hard copy is handy to have around.)