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Essential Reference for Anyone Learning R
on 14 June 2009
I've been working on a microarray data analysis project for the past month using R.
I was initially reluctant about buying this book because it's expensive and when it comes to programming the online reference and Google are usually enough for all programming languages I've come across. However out of frustration with the R online documentation which is nowhere as comprehensive and clear (this is really one of R's weak points in my opinion) at it ought to be I decided to buy this book. Let just say that beside being very good value for money compared to other much thinner R books out there (i.e. like the R Graphics book), it covers all the essential background such as working with indices, data frames and tables (which for someone coming from other languages are really the best features of R) in pretty extensive detail. If you are going to buy an R book, this is the first R book you should buy. You will then be able to make a more informed decision when it comes to buying the next one.