The Book of R: A First Course in Programming and Statistics 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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Quick about me:
-solid general computer skills (e.g. Excel), but NO programming background
-took statistics in high school, barely passed calculus in college
-was inspired to learn R after seeing a colleague use it for data analysis
-have been disappointed by R texts that I've encountered thus far, finding them either too advanced or poorly organized/written
Why I am giving this book 5 stars:
-it is structured very logically, starting with the basics of the language before moving onto programming, statistics, and more advanced concepts
-it is accessible to a wide audience, yet goes into the necessary level of detail
-it is well written, in an easy, clear voice
-an appropriate balance of text vs code examples and graphics
-it has effective exercises at logical points to ensure the reader not only understands, but can execute the concepts learned
-it is aesthetically very nice -- the spine doesn't crack, the book doesn't warp over time, the font and text size are very readable
As a sidenote, I ordered R for Dummies as well. I didn't give it an especially thorough glance, but quickly flipped through it and decided to return it because I knew on first glance that The Book of R was far superior.
It is well written and has a great combination of learning and practice sessions. If I was inclined to teach myself everything about R, this would be the way to go. The author has a fun way of explaining statistics and program language that makes it a bit more fun to read and he brings some creative names into examples. I didn't realize it was such a hefty book, it's the size of a full text book.
So even though this wasn't exactly what I was looking for, it will likely be exactly what 90% of readers are looking for. If you want to learn all the ins and outs of R, this is the book to purchase.
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