# swirl: Learning Statistics & R

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Most of us would acknowledge that getting up to speed with R involves a pretty steep learning curve – but it’s worth every drop of sweat we shed in the process!

If you’re learning basic statistics/econometrics,

*and*learning R at the same time, then the challenge is two-fold. So, anything that will make this feasible (easy?) for students and instructors alike deserves to be taken very seriously.**Enter**– “statistics with interactive R learning” – developed at the Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins University. It’s dead easy to download and install swirl – it just takes a few moments, and you’re underway.

*swirl*There are simple, interactive, lessons that introduce you to the essential concepts, and you have the option to watch related videos. If you need to take a break part way through a lesson then you can save what you’ve completed, and pick up from that point at a later time.

My guess is that students will find

*swirl*appealing and very helpful.© 2013, David E. Giles

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