Re: [R] Pros and Cons of R

From: K. Elo <maillists_at_nic.fi>
Date: Thu, 22 May 2008 20:12:48 +0300

Hi,

Monica Pisica wrote:
> - There is no perfect “beginner” book.

How about
- Crawley, Michael (2007). The R book, Wiley & Sons. - Maindonald, John & John Braun (2007): Data Analysis and Graphics Using R (2nd edition), Cambridge University Press.

As a political scientist (with programming experience :) ), both books have helped me to decide in favour of R instead of SPSS when I had to choose the environment for statistical analysis (in Linux). Sadly enough, almost all method books written for social scientists take SPSS as the standard statistical application and, consequently, teach data analysis in a look-for-this-in-SPSS-output-manner. To use R in social sciences, one really must learn how R does things: looking for something in the output is not enough :)

BTW, does someone happen to know, if there is any R-book written for social scientists?

Kind regards,
Kimmo



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