YaRrr! The Pirate’s Guide to R

April 21, 2015

(This article was first published on R – Nathaniel D. Phillips, PhD, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)



If you’ve spent more than 30 minutes with me, you probably know that I’m a bit of an R fanatic. When I meet someone doing analytical work who uses software like Excel or SPSS, I inevitably go into my “R Salesman” mode. Unfortunately, after I spend 10-30 minutes trying to explain how great R is to someone and why they have use it, they inevitably ask me “But how do I learn it?!” Up until now, my standard response has always been “Just Google it! There are tutorials everywhere!” While this is technically sound advice, I can’t remember a time when someone has actually acted on it. In hindsight, I should have known that telling someone to “go look for it” is not a great way to motivate someone to try something new. So, in an effort to reduce your search cost, I’m writing an introductory e-book on R that I affectionately call “YaRrr! The pirate’s guide to R.” I am writing the book in tandem with a current course I am teaching, so I won’t have a full draft completed until July 2015. However, I do have a draft of the first few chapters done and in the meantime I’d love to get any and all feedback on the book.

Click the link below for the latest version of the book! Please send me feedback via email at [email protected], or even Tweet (yes…tweet) me @yarrr.book.

Link to e-book

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