Re: [R] Wikis etc.

From: Thomas Lumley <tlumley_at_u.washington.edu>
Date: Tue 10 Jan 2006 - 02:46:18 EST

On Mon, 9 Jan 2006, Michael Dewey wrote:
>
> Further to that I feel that (perhaps because they do not like to blow their
> own trumpet too much) the authors of books on R do not stress how much most
> questioners could gain by buying and reading at least one of the many books
> on R. When I started I found the free documents useful but I made most
> progress when I bought MASS. I do realise that liking books is a bit last
> millennium.
>

Very late last millenium, though.
"When I were young[er] we didn't have all these fancy yellow books."

More seriously, yes, reading books about R and S is very effective and is how most of the R experts learned. In my case it was the Blue Book, the White Book, and the Ripley/Venables/Smith notes on S-plus (which have evolved to the Introduction to R).

         -thomas

"Ptolemy once asked [Euclid] if there was in geometry any shorter way that that of the Elements, and he replied that there was no royal road to geometry." Proclus (410-485 CE)



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