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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to get the best out of R buy this book
I have been using R in statistics courses for a few years and there are many introductions to R that cover the command structure and the statistical techniques, but none of them look at R as a programming language and take you through the steps of learning to program with R.

This book takes you from the first simple steps through to simulation, matrices and...
Published on 17 Dec 2008 by Andrew Dalby

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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd choice of learning material for an introductory text
Having done a reasonable job of introducing the basic syntax of the R programming language, the book then lurches into some rather advanced and specialist subjects, for example dedicating a whole section to algorithms for generating random numbers (for an introductory text, you would probably just want to know about the rnorm function).
If you are interested in Monte...
Published on 19 Aug 2010 by C. J. Joyce


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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to get the best out of R buy this book, 17 Dec 2008
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This review is from: A First Course in Statistical Programming with R (Paperback)
I have been using R in statistics courses for a few years and there are many introductions to R that cover the command structure and the statistical techniques, but none of them look at R as a programming language and take you through the steps of learning to program with R.

This book takes you from the first simple steps through to simulation, matrices and iterative optimisation. It also includes a guide for good programming practice. It includes an explanation of Monte Carlo integration that anyone can understand and shows the benefits of learning through practice. This book makes probability so much more accessible to students by letting them see what is actually happening in a graphical and practical way.

I think the book is fantastic and well worth the money.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Odd choice of learning material for an introductory text, 19 Aug 2010
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Having done a reasonable job of introducing the basic syntax of the R programming language, the book then lurches into some rather advanced and specialist subjects, for example dedicating a whole section to algorithms for generating random numbers (for an introductory text, you would probably just want to know about the rnorm function).
If you are interested in Monte Carlo simulation or numerical optimisation using the R language, this is the book for you. Readers hoping to learn to use R to perform standard statistical testing will be disappointed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars not very helpful, 30 Dec 2010
This review is from: A First Course in Statistical Programming with R (Paperback)
didn't excatly find what I was looking for in the book.

Could be laid out a bit better.
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