[R] help interpreting the output of functions - any sources of information

Sarah Goslee sarah.goslee at gmail.com
Tue Apr 24 19:31:12 CEST 2007


If you look at the documentation for the function you are interested
in, in this case ?cor.test, it will generally give you an explanation
of the return values (often brief, and not too helpful if you aren't
already familiar with the test), but also one or more references
that you can turn to for further information.

Most likely, though, you'll want to absorb a general
introductory stats book before you delve into the
gory details of many of those references.


On 4/24/07, Y G <gatemaze at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am looking for documentation, reference guides, etc. that explain the
> output of functions... For example using cor.test(...., method="pearson")
> with Pearson's corr coeff the output is:
>     Pearson's product-moment correlation
> data:  a and b
> t = 0.2878, df = 14, p-value = 0.7777
> alternative hypothesis: true correlation is not equal to 0
> 95 percent confidence interval:
>  -0.4355690  0.5514366
> sample estimates:
>        cor
> 0.07669612
> What are all these? Apologies but I am new in R and statistics in
> general.... but a textbook I was looking at, regarding SPSS, explains only
> the r coeff and the conf interval.... Any help with sources I can refer to?
> Particularly in a broader context as it would not be nice to post all the
> time such questions...
> Thanks in advance,
> GM

Sarah Goslee

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