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R For Dummies, 2nd Edition by Andrie de Vries, Joris Meys

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Chapter 1

Introducing R: The Big Picture

In This Chapter

arrow Discovering the benefits of R

arrow Identifying some programming concepts that make R special

With an estimated worldwide user base of more than 2 million people, the R language has rapidly grown and extended since its origin as an academic demonstration language in the 1990s.

Some people would argue — and we think they’re right — that R is much more than a statistical programming language. It’s also:

check.png A very powerful tool for all kinds of data processing and manipulation

check.png A community of programmers, users, academics, and practitioners

check.png A tool that makes all kinds of publication-quality graphics and data visualizations

check.png A collection of freely distributed add-on packages

check.png A toolbox with tremendous versatility

In this chapter, we fill you ...

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