Instant R Starter [Instant]

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Learn in an Instant - Short, Fast, Focused
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  • Learn something new in an Instant! A short, fast, focused guide delivering immediate results.
  • Basic concepts of the R language
  • Discover tips and tricks for working with R
  • Learn manipulation of R objects to easily customize your code

Book Details

Language : English
eBook : 54 pages
Release Date : April 2013
ISBN : 1782163506
ISBN 13 : 9781782163503
Author(s) : Donato Teutonico
Topics and Technologies : All Books, Big Data and Business Intelligence, Instant, Open Source

Table of Contents

Instant R Starter
  • Instant R Starter
    • So, what is R?
      • Getting help
      • R packages
    • Installation
      • Step 1 – obtaining and installing R
        • Binary distribution
        • Installation from source
      • Step 2 – R versions
      • Step 3 – news
      • Step 4 – package installation
      • Step 5 – using Integrated Development Environment for R
        • RStudio
        • Eclipse
        • Emacs
    • Quick start – R language
      • Step 1 – interacting with the console
        • Starting R
        • Basics of the R language
        • Function arguments
        • Built-in data
        • Special values (NA, NaN, Inf)
        • Logical expressions
      • Step 2 – understanding R objects
        • Vectors
        • Working with vectors
        • Matrices and arrays
        • Lists
        • Data frame
    • Top 5 features you'll want to know about
      • Data input and output
        • Writing data to a file
        • Reading data from a file
        • Pasting into an Excel spreadsheet
        • Filling data directly in R
      • Flow control (for, if…else, while)
        • The if…else loop
        • The for loop
        • The while loop
      • Creating your own function
      • Debugging functions and handling exceptions (warnings and errors)
        • Debugging functions
        • Handling exceptions
      • Plotting data
        • The Graphics package
    • People and places you should get to know
      • Official sites
      • Articles and tutorials
      • Community
      • Blogs
      • Twitter
      • About Packt Publishing
      • Writing for Packt

Donato Teutonico

Donato Teutonico has several years of experience in modeling and simulation of drug effects and clinical trials in industrial and academic settings. He received his PharmD degree from the University of Turin, Italy, with a specialization in Chemical and Pharmaceutical Technology, and received his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Paris-South University, France. He is the author of two R packages for Pharmacometrics; CTStemplate and panels4Pharmacometrics; both are available on Google code.

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What you will learn from this book

  • Install R and its additional packages
  • Create and manipulate objects (vectors, matrices, lists, and data frames)
  • Discover R’s potential in data analysis and data manipulation
  • Learn the use of flow control expressions
  • Debug functions and handle exceptions using R’s exceptional and effective methods
  • Present your data effectively by using graphics, lattice, and ggplot2 packages

In Detail

R is a versatile cross-platform environment with the power of a programming language and the flexibility of a scripting language. It is extremely powerful in manipulating and visualizing complex databases, performing statistical computations and producing any kind of plot with a very high graphical quality.

Instant R Starter is a practical introduction to the R language and will show you how to use the main functionalities of the environment. It has hands-on instructions on data analysis, data manipulation, and tips and tricks on quickly debugging your programs.

Instant R Starter will provide you with the basis of the uses of R and will set up the starting point for your future advanced development with the R language. After these basic concepts you will learn how to apply them in more advanced programming techniques, like writing complex functions, debugging them, manipulate data and plotting them.


Get to grips with a new technology, understand what it is and what it can do for you, and then get to work with the most important features and tasks.A practical, quick, and hands-on guide to the R language

Who this book is for

This book is for people who are interested in an introduction to the R environment. You will not need any specific knowledge of programming or statistics, although if you are already familiar with any other software for statistical computing or data handling you will definitely learn much faster. If you are interested in going beyond “Hello World!” with R but don’t know how to start, then this book is for you!

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