R-beta: Book "Data Analysis with R" (undergrad. teaching) ??
Martin Maechler
maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
Fri Aug 14 11:30:11 CEST 1998
This was ``accidentally'' only sent to me.
But I think the question (and possibly answers) should be relevant to much
more people!
>> To: maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch
>> Subject: manual
>> From: Pat Altham <P.M.E.Altham at statslab.cam.ac.uk>
>> Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 11:34:31 +0100
>>
>> Could you kindly email me (or tell me how to obtain)
>> the postscript file for
>>
>> ``Data Analysis with R''
There used to be a paperback book (412 pages!)
by
Alan Lee (University of Auckland,NZ)
(C) 1994, 1995
called
DATA ANALYSIS
An introduction based on R
[Course notes for U.of Auckalnd Papers 528.281/288]
However, this was based on a (MacIntosh) version of R
from *before* there were version numbers in R
(i.e., e.g., no lm(), no data.frames,..)
It is more than just ``learning R'':
As the title suggests, it is also a textbook about basic statistics.
Most importantly: I don't think it is still produced, but I might be wrong
however, in any case, it wasn't freely available.
>> I don't seem to be able to get it directly off the CRAN www page
(see above)
>> and I am proposing to use R for undergraduate teaching next term
Very good!
Now, what are the alternatives? --- this is also a question to everyone!
1) On CRAN's top page, klicking "Documentation" you find
"Notes on R: A Programming environment for Data Analysis and Graphics"
(~90 pages) as postscript file or LaTeX sources.
which unfortunately, is rather dated (Fall 1997).
An updated (but still not really "current") version of it
is currently available
from
ftp://ftp.stat.math.ethz.ch/Software/R/RNotes.tar.gz
(You need Latex for this):
mkdir RNotes
cd RNotes
zcat ..../RNotes.tar.gz | tar xf -
make
2) ??? -- who of you R users has some basic introduction into using R?
3) For ``more than undergraduate'' students,
there's Venables & Ripley's "MASS" (2nd ed., 1997)
with the online `` Complements on `R' ''
ftp://ftp.stats.ox.ac.uk/pub/R/VR2R.{pdf,ps.gz}
(these probably will also be available on CRAN,
as soon as Fritz Leisch returns home ..)
Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch> <><
Seminar fuer Statistik, ETH-Zentrum SOL G1; Sonneggstr.33
ETH (Federal Inst. Technology) 8092 Zurich SWITZERLAND
phone: x-41-1-632-3408 fax: ...-1086
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