[R] Getting and using a function
Thomas L Jones
jones3745 at verizon.net
Fri Apr 13 05:28:33 CEST 2007
I am trying to do what is perhaps the most basic procedure which can be done
with the R software.
Under Windows XP Home Edition, I want to get a copy of the function "gam,"
then put it in and use it. I intentionaly use informal terms, rather than
technical terms whose exact meaning I might or might not know.
I am finding this extremely frustrating. Every time I try to do anything,
all I get is error messages. Hey, this isn't rocket science; there are only
three or four or five steps involved. Well, what are they? There is all this
opaque terminology. There are libraries, and packages, and one downloads
them, loads them, and installs them, but just what all this means is
One example among many: I tell it
library (gam) all I get is an error message.
Error in library (gam) : there is no package called 'gam'
Well, does this mean what it says, or does it mean something different? For
example, does it mean that such-and-such computer program has not yet been
I did download and install the 2.4.1 flavor (version?) of the gui. I infer,
reading between the lines a bit, that there may be a sort of standard
procedure for setting things up, perhaps downloading and installing the
utils package, or something.
The R software has much gold in it, but, as far as learnability/usability is
concerned, I give it poor marks.
DrJones at alum.MIT.edu
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