Re: [R] what is a good learning book for R?

From: Stephen D. Weigand <>
Date: Mon 09 May 2005 - 04:23:10 EST

On May 8, 2005, at 12:24 PM, Jonathan Q. wrote:

> Aside from An Introduction to R by W. N. Venables, D. M. Smith (the
> PDF is free), what would people recommend as a good starter book? I
> was thinking of introductory Statistics with R by Peter Dalgaard. Any
> thoughts??
> My knowledge of Stats is stale and the primary use of R is for time
> series analysis. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.


The Contributed Documentation at

has plenty of resources, which I'm sure you've seen.

I've gotten a lot from "An Introduction to S and the Hmisc and Design Libraries” by Carlos Alzola and Frank E. Harrell. I also noticed a “Time series reference card” by Vito Ricci near the bottom of the page which might help you get acquainted with some time series functions.

Personally, I'd say the particular text is less important than trying to use R in everyday work. And doing this leads one to the help pages all the time. These took, for me, a special kind of critical line-by-line reading, at least in the beginning.

Hope this helps,

Stephen mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide! Received on Mon May 09 04:32:12 2005

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