[R] two questions for R beginners

Gabor Grothendieck ggrothendieck at gmail.com
Sat Feb 27 05:46:34 CET 2010

On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 1:28 PM, Saeed Abu Nimeh <sabunime at gmail.com> wrote:
> Pat,
> Off the bat, beginners and advanced. In addition, splitting by domain
> would be very helpful -- something along the lines of:
> http://cran.r-project.org/web/views/. But we should be careful, we do
> not want to create 20 other mailing lists :) We have to group things.

Note that there are already 24 mailing lists here:

> This will help splitting the volume of the list and will help in
> targeting lists by expertise.
> Thanks,
> Saeed
> On Fri, Feb 26, 2010 at 2:08 AM, Patrick Burns <pburns at pburns.seanet.com> wrote:
>> Saeed,
>> If the R-help list were split, what do you
>> see as the pieces?
>> Pat
>> On 26/02/2010 01:53, Saeed Abu Nimeh wrote:
>>> On Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 9:31 AM, Patrick Burns<pburns at pburns.seanet.com>
>>>  wrote:
>>>> * What were your biggest misconceptions or
>>>> stumbling blocks to getting up and running
>>>> with R?
>>> 1- Compared to other programming languages it is hard to learn R by
>>> example, because it is hard to find code on the web that will do the
>>> exact thing you are looking for, sometimes you might get lucky though.
>>> By contrast, take Perl for example, it is an easy language to learn by
>>> example.
>>> 2- The R mailing list. Beginners get frustrated after they struggle
>>> for a long time to solve a problem and the easiest thing then is to
>>> send an email to the R mailing list. I did this in the past. The best
>>> thing that happened was that my request was neglected and I had to
>>> spend more time on the problem and find a solution by myself
>>> eventually. Do not get me wrong, I am not saying that the mailing list
>>> is bad, but it should be more organized. Maybe broken down into couple
>>> of other mailing lists. This might bring up a good discussion thread.
>>>> * What documents helped you the most in this
>>>> initial phase?
>>> An Introduction to R by Venables
>>> simpleR – Using R for Introductory Statistics by Verzani
>> --
>> Patrick Burns
>> pburns at pburns.seanet.com
>> http://www.burns-stat.com
>> (home of 'The R Inferno' and 'A Guide for the Unwilling S User')
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