Re: [Rd] section needed in FAQ - Using R (PR#9698)

From: Vladimir Eremeev <>
Date: Mon, 21 May 2007 05:01:39 -0700 (PDT)

There are also R reference cards and other quick- and kick-starting manuals, mentioned in the documentation.

Ray Kiddy-2 wrote:
> There is no section in the FAQ equivalent to "Using R". The "R Basics" is
> too
> basic. I would say it addresses "meta-R" questions, such as installing.
> I had a FAQ that I would think would be a basic "Using R" question,
> namely: "How
> does one generate random numbers?". It is actually non-trivial to answer
> this if
> one is new to R, as there are too many hits for "Random" and they dive too
> deeply.
> My answer to this FAQ would be:
> In order to generate random numbers, there are "r" methods for every
> distribution. Distributions include Uniform (runif), Binomial (rbinom),
> Normal
> (rnorm), Cauchy (rcauchy), Chi Square (rchisq), Exponential (rexp), Gamma
> (rgamma), and many more.
> By the way, the R program itself is really badly in need of an
> "appropos()" to
> go alongside "help()". Perhaps "help()" can be renamed to "hunt()" or
> "huntAndPeck()".

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