[R] feedback on book recommendations

From: Joshua N Pritikin <jpritikin_at_pobox.com>
Date: Mon 21 Nov 2005 - 15:49:21 EST


I asked this mailing list for book recommendations a few weeks ago.

One of the books I selected was "Introductory Statistics with R" by Peter Dalgaard. I am embarrassed to say that this book was too terse for me. I wasn't able to get very far with it. However, I was fortunate enough to stumble upon "Statistical Reasoning" by Bruce King and Edward Minium. King & Minium progress step-by-step from basic concepts to analysis of variance and some non-parametric methods without any sophisticated math. The presentation is so simple that the book could probably be used as a textbook for a high school class. Anyway, after finishing "Statistical Reasoning," I found that Dalgaard covers many of the same topics except more in the style of an R reference manual. So now I'm happy with both of the books.

As for the book list, I suggest the addition of some book like "Statistical Reasoning" even though there is no mention R (even a calculator is not required!). This book helped me grok the basics (what is the central limit theorem? ;-).

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