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

From: bogdan romocea <br44114_at_gmail.com>
Date: Wed 18 Oct 2006 - 18:03:19 GMT


I haven't seen the first book (DAAG) mentioned so far, I have it and think it's very good. Anyway, I recommend you buy all R books (and perhaps take some extra time off to study them): your employer can well afford that, given the cash you're saving by not using proprietary software.

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> [mailto:r-help-bounces@stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Zembower, Kevin
> Sent: Tuesday, October 17, 2006 10:08 AM
> To: r-help@stat.math.ethz.ch
> Subject: [R] Book recommendation for newbie to stats and R?
>
> 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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