[R] Another NEWBIE
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Jun 19 05:52:47 CEST 2004
On Fri, 18 Jun 2004, F.Kalder wrote:
> I'm a very fresh newbie to R.
First piece of advice: read the posting guide before posting, and in
particular use a meaningful subject line.
> My first main question is, what the limitations of R are, what methods can R
> NOT do, esp. compared to (a) SPSS and (b) SAS?
R is a full-featured programming language, with no such limitations.
> The second question is, how do you handle the data entry, data management
> and data manipulation in R, to me it seems to be really complicated and
> confusing?! Are there a kind of "helping tools"?
There is documentation. For example, chapter 2 of MASS (see the FAQ or
the posting guide) is devoted to this, and R ships with a `Data
Import/Manual'. We don't know your background or skill level, but the FAQ
points you to lots of documentation.
> The third question: are there differences in linux and windows versions of
> R? At the monemt I'm running R on a WinXP System. Is this ok or would a
> Linux solutuon be the better way (for using R)?
That's in the README of the Windows version. BTW, perhaps you should ask
in a suitable forum what the limitations of Windows are relative to Linux
since like any application R is limited by the OS it runs on.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Professor of Applied Statistics, http://www.stats.ox.ac.uk/~ripley/
University of Oxford, Tel: +44 1865 272861 (self)
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