Two new, important books on R

June 22, 2012
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Two books were recently published that are sure to help R grow even faster.

R has a reputation, partially deserved, for being hard to learn.  These books will help.  The first makes learning easier, the second can make learning less necessary for initiates.

I have not yet touched either book.

R for Dummies

The authors are Andrie de Vries and Joris Meys.

This, of course, is a book that presumes no experience with programming nor with statistics.

It includes a chapter entitled: “Ten Things You Can Do in R That You Would’ve Done in Microsoft Excel”.  You know that someone is addicted to spreadsheets when they suffer from EES (Excel Exceedance Syndrome).

The publisher’s page.

My own attempt at an introduction to R is “Some hints for the R beginner”.

Programming Graphical User Interfaces With R

The authors are Micheal F. Lawrence and John Verzani.

Programming Graphical User Interfaces with R introduces each of the major R packages for GUI programming: RGtk2, qtbase, Tcl/Tk, and gWidgets. With examples woven through the text as well as stand-alone demonstrations of simple yet reasonably complete applications

The publisher’s page.

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