Books to Learn Statistics using R
What exactly is the book I'm looking for.
What I am looking for is a book that teaches you statistics while using R to give you hands-on experience and thus end up helping you learn R together. I've seen on amazon many books that attempts to do that, but not with R. Examples are Minitab and SAS.
Are the R Book and Statistical Computing an option? - Still not answered.
The R Book and Statistical Computing: An Introduction to Data Analysis using S-Plus seems viable, but a reader opinion here would be helpful and welcome.
How the book relate to statistics courses?
To be even more precise on what I was looking for, consider these two courses learning outcomes on statistics from a math department at the university Im currently a student:
Intermediate Statistics and Probability & Statistics, that is, I'm looking in a book a normal statistics course going to intermediate level but rather than just board and paper having you learning and using R instead. That also means I am looking for a book that assume I want to learn statistics from the beginning.
This book is for researchers too.
I am also a software engineer researcher, but I guess the current situation where you are found with mountains of data and want to learn statistics to go on writing code to automate that is pretty much applicable to many other fields.
That means I'm am not interested on learning every single detail of every single property for every single curve, but am more concerned on making sense of data for my research domain, although I would not mind if the book wanted to go deep on that.
As a final motivation, I find myself reading scientific papers in different sort of communities that claim results based on statistical inference while there is no readable proof if the statistics assumptions/constraints are being violated or not.
A R book that is not much about statistics won't ensure I am not following up on this practice, which is also why I decided looking for a book that is akin to a statistics course using R rather than playing around with a overview book.
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Answers and feedback for this question.
Suggested books were few I already come across but are an example that unfortunately doesn't suits me:
Introductory Statistics with R, Using R for Introductory Statistics, Statistics: An Introduction using R are few of the books that I already looked on amazon but are about an statistics overview or make assumptions that requires previous statistics knowledge. The problem with overview books is mostly about not calling attention to the assumptions, constraints and provide enough explanation to result in make sense of the information.
If you believe there is no book that could fit on this needing as well or think the R book or the Statistical Computing: An Introduction to Data Analysis using S-Plus would fit this, I would also appreciate this type of answer.
Introduction to Probability and Statistics Using R seems to be the closest one but still broad general to what I was looking for.
What I was expecting for is a book such as David S. Moore, The Basics of Statistics because:
- It covers all statistics subjects.
- It uses two tools, miniTab and other to give hands-on learning on the just explained method.
- It very much highlight assumptions and constraints. This is very important for a researcher who has not taken a in depth statistics course and want to use statistics. Hardly overview books will cover them, which is dangerous for researchers.
- You can see the book table of contents here. Notice how the focus is statistics and the tool usage is to improve understanding and get the student to know how to use tools to do the statistics after learning in an easier way. Its not about the tool, its about statistics!
I want exactly the same thing, but using R.
It uses R as pedagogy examples, assumes you want to learn statistics and best of all, it is open source. Unfortunately, does not cover ANOVA nor ANCOVA, or more advanced subjects.
Good suggestion for a textbook that covers what is wanted in this question.
Books in the asker opinion that answer the question.
@Peter Ellis and @Gregory Demin.
Collection of R Books on Amazon
Amazon discussion about R books for different students background may be found here.
Video Lectures teaching Statistics using R
Google Tech Talks from 2007 that also motivated this question and covers more about Data Mining rather than statistics but using R together here.