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Resources for learning R

I would like to learn more about statistics. I don't feel like doing multivariable regression by hand. So I downloaded R because its free; however, I haven't found a good introduction upon how to use it. I do want to RTFM, but I want a good manual to read.

I would like example that I could follow:

T-test: follow this script. Linear Regression: Follow this script.

Something along those lines.

Sorry, if this is the wrong place to ask.

  • $\begingroup$ Have checked the tag wiki. $\endgroup$ – mnel Dec 17 '12 at 3:07
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    $\begingroup$ Related: stats.stackexchange.com/questions/138/resources-for-learning-r $\endgroup$ – Jase Dec 17 '12 at 5:01
  • $\begingroup$ @mnel thanks, I tried searching with the box on the top for R, but just got a bunch of specific question about R, nothing general. $\endgroup$ – MaoYiyi Dec 17 '12 at 5:04
  • $\begingroup$ @Jase, thanks alot- that is exactly what I need. $\endgroup$ – MaoYiyi Dec 17 '12 at 5:04
  • $\begingroup$ Did you follow the links within the tag wiki? This link would appear to be an obvious candidate $\endgroup$ – mnel Dec 17 '12 at 5:14

I like Peter Dalgaard's Introductory Statistics with R. I think it would be good for you because it talks about the actual statistics that are being covered, along with explaining the intricacies of the R world.

  • $\begingroup$ Sounds good, but it cost money, thus out of my price range. $\endgroup$ – MaoYiyi Dec 17 '12 at 2:51
  • $\begingroup$ I also like IceBreaker (cran.r-project.org/doc/contrib/Robinson-icebreaker.pdf)! I've used that and the Dalgaard book in courses teaching R to non-statistics folk. When you get the opportunity, you should consider purchasing the Dalgaard text though, it's a great reference to have around! $\endgroup$ – Kyle. Dec 17 '12 at 2:59
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    $\begingroup$ @I'll ask Santa Klaus $\endgroup$ – MaoYiyi Dec 17 '12 at 3:01

There is G. Jay Kerns'

Introduction to Probability and Statistics Using R

which is freely available.

Perhaps it is slightly more theoretical than an R primer.

The UCLA: Statistical Consulting Group have great tutorials and examples for using R


Two online user guide for R:



Very helpful for me!


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