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R in Action

Cover of R in Action by Robert Kabacoff Published by Manning Publications
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Chapter 1. Introduction to R


This chapter covers
  • Installing R
  • Understanding the R language
  • Running programs


How we analyze data has changed dramatically in recent years. With the advent of personal computers and the internet, the sheer volume of data we have available has grown enormously. Companies have terabytes of data on the consumers they interact with, and governmental, academic, and private research institutions have extensive archival and survey data on every manner of research topic. Gleaning information (let alone wisdom) from these massive stores of data has become an industry in itself. At the same time, presenting the information in easily accessible and digestible ways has become increasingly challenging.

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