[R] Book recommendation for newbie to stats and R?

From: Zembower, Kevin <kzembowe_at_jhuccp.org>
Date: Tue 17 Oct 2006 - 14:08:24 GMT


I'm trying to learn statistics and R at the same time. I have an undergraduate science degree and one year of calculus (30 years ago), but never took a stats course. I hope to take some stats courses in the next year, but thought I would start to see how much I could teach myself.

I work for an organization that analyses behavior change communication programs regarding HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. A typical question we're trying to answer is, "Watching which television programs in South Africa is related to an increased use of condoms?" All of our work is in the social sciences, I'd say. I'd like to help analyze our data using R.

I found these titles that may teach me both stats and R:
--Data Analysis and Graphics Using R by John Maindonald, John Braun
--Introductory Statistics with R by Peter Dalgaard
--Statistics: An Introduction using R by Michael J. Crawley
--Using R for Introductory Statistics by John Verzani

I recognize some of the authors by their postings here.

Can anyone recommend any of these books over the others? I'm interested in a book that I can learn statistics by reading the chapters and working out the exercises and problems, therefore having access to many or all of the problem solutions is important.

Do you have any other recommendations for me in learning both R and stats? Is it an impossible quest to learn enough stats by myself to be useful in analyzing real data sets?

Thanks so much for your advice and suggestions.

Kevin Zembower
Center for Communication Programs
Bloomberg School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins University
www.jhuccp.org



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