Re: [R] Getting started help

From: My Coyne <mcoyne_at_boninc.com>
Date: Tue, 19 Feb 2008 12:13:16 -0500

Hi Rthoughts,

Don't be discouraged.... I'm learning R on/off for classes and when I was under pressure to get work done, learning R likes pulling my hair (and teeth) off of frustration. But, this forum is great; I got so much help from this forum.

I use R on windows as well. After install R, if the R is not on the desktop, go to: start -> program -> R, make the short cut on the desktop. (If this is not what you are asking, please post the question again.)

Hope this helps.

My D. Coyne

-----Original Message-----
From: r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces_at_r-project.org] On Behalf Of Rthoughts
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2008 11:52 AM To: r-help_at_r-project.org
Subject: Re: [R] Getting started help

Hi Mark,

Thank you for the reply.

I meant the command prompts to start an R file.

To be followed on by importint data I can then use to practise the software with. The installation did put an icon on teh desktop. I am a very skilled user of computers but command lines for many programs is something that cna throw me sometimes!

Regrads, Seb.

Mark Difford wrote:

> 
> Hi Rthoughts,
> 
> It isn't clear what you mean.  When you install R, the installation
> program usually puts an icon on your desktop that you can click on to run
> the program.  So, if you don't have that, but have installed R, and what
> you mean is, "How do I start the R program?" or "How do I run R?" then do
> the following:
> 
> Go to the directory where R has been installed.  If necessary, use your
> file manager to find the file named Rgui.exe.  When you have found it,
> execute it to start an R session.  (Rgui.exe usually lives in something
> like: ...\Program Files\R\bin\)
> 
> Later you will find out how to set this all up properly.  Usually the
> installation program does a faultless job.
> 
> HTH,
> Mark.
> 
> 
> Rthoughts wrote:
>> 
>> Hi Mark,
>> 
>> Thank you for your reply. There is one link I haven't come across, the
>> last one. I have seen them but I couldn't find where 'how to start R' is
>> explained for Windows platforms.
>> 
>> I will look further into them.
>> 
>> As for everyone else who sent e-mails, thank you. I have printed them out
>> and will look into them.
>> 
>> 
>> Mark Difford wrote:

>>>
>>> Hi Rthoughts,
>>>
>>>>> I am currently discouraged by the use of r. I cannot figure out how to
>>>>> use it despite
>>>>> extensive searches. Can anyone help me with getting started? How can
>>>>> import 
>>>>> a txt file with series...

>>>
>>> There are piles of documents that you could (and should) read. I am
>>> surprised that you haven't found them in your extensive searches. To
>>> set your thoughts free, go here:
>>>
>>> http://www.r-project.org/
>>> http://cran.r-project.org/manuals.html ## read the first one, and
>>> whatever else you need
>>>
>>> Then click on CRAN, and choose a mirror site (nearby), say:
>>> http://cran.za.r-project.org/
>>>
>>> Then go:
>>> http://cran.za.r-project.org/other-docs.html
>>>
>>> and start at the top.
>>>
>>> HTH,
>>> Mark.
>>>
>>> PS: It might help you in your future enquiries if you used a real name,
>>> and if you called R R rather than r (since your keyboard clearly doesn't
>>> have a broken R ;).
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Rthoughts wrote:
>>>> 
>>>> Hello, I need to learn to use r-software for my PhD research project
>>>> involving long timelines of radon radiation variations.
>>>> 
>>>> I am using windows.
>>>> 
>>>> I am currently discouraged by the use of r. I cannot figure out how to
>>>> use it despite extensive searches. Can anyone help me with getting
>>>> started? How can import a txt file with series of numbers from the RAD7
>>>> machine? How can I open up and set directories with the imported file
>>>> or to start a new r session?
>>>> 
>>>> Thank you so much if you can help.
>>>> 

>>>
>>>
>> 
>> 
> 
> 

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