A Brief Introductory Guide
- Thomas P. Hogan - University of Scranton, USA
Quantitative/Statistical Research (General) | Scholarly Aids/Research Tools
- "Base R" covered including downloading, creating data sets, using R functions, and R graphics
- R Commander information includes downloading, inputting data, statistical analysis, and graphing.
- The author shows how to import and export data or files, using add-on packages, and annotated references for further skill development.
- The book is suitable as a supplement to any standard introduction to statistics or for the person in the social and behavioral sciences, education, and allied health fields who wants a quick start on R
Accompanied by a Student Study Site
An upcoming student study site at www.sagepub.com/Bare-BonesR contains downloadable data sets used in the text as well as selected updates for R.
"A terrific intro book! I'll recommend it to any class I teach in which I use R."
Content can be found fairly easily online so cost is not justified.
Usefull for enttry level students but it needs to include a chapter on EDA and another on a couple of more advanced topics such as Regression and ANOVA.
Bare-Bones really does describe this book. There really is nothing in it.
"strongly recommended" reading for my Data Analysis course. It helps the students navigate the first few weeks of the semester
It's a little TOO bare bones for my course. Also, half of the very brief book was on R Commander, which I don't use and don't think is a good idea for students to use. R Commander is difficult to install on the operating system I use, and that many of my student use (Mac OS X). I've tried R Commander, but it just puts another level of abstraction between students and data. I have too many colleagues who think that data analysis means hunting and clicking your way through menus of canned statistical procedures. We should not foster this attitude in students. Take out the material on R Commander and beef up the section on command line R, and this could be a very useful supplement to a statistics text.
Quality of the book was low (e.g., pixelated images) and the coverage too sparse. There is a need for this kind of book, but the book would need to be much more comprehensive (e.g., by covering the breadth of what I cover in an intro stats class) to be worth requiring.
Not comprehensive enough for the purpose of this introductory class