[R] what is a good learning book for R?

Stephen D. Weigand weigand.stephen at charter.net
Sun May 8 20:23:10 CEST 2005

On May 8, 2005, at 12:24 PM, Jonathan Q. wrote:

> Aside from An Introduction to R by W. N. Venables, D. M. Smith (the
> PDF is free), what would people recommend as a good starter book?  I
> was thinking of introductory Statistics with R by Peter Dalgaard.  Any
> thoughts??
> My knowledge of Stats is stale and the primary use of R is for time
> series analysis. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks.


The Contributed Documentation at


has plenty of resources, which I'm sure you've seen.

I've gotten a lot from "An Introduction to S and the
Hmisc and Design Libraries” by Carlos Alzola and Frank
E. Harrell. I also noticed a “Time series reference card”
by Vito Ricci near the bottom of the page which might help
you get acquainted with some time series functions.

Personally, I'd say the particular text is less important
than trying to use R in everyday work. And doing this
leads one to the help pages all the time. These took, for
me, a special kind of critical line-by-line reading, at
least in the beginning.

Hope this helps,


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