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Useful, but needs a glossary,
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This review is from: The Art of R Programming: A Tour of Statistical Software Design (Paperback)
I needed some advanced statistical software and R came highly recommended. Having downloaded the software it became rapidly apparent I would need a guide. I have no background in computer program and the Amazon.co.uk reviews indicated this was the book for me. While I am finding the book useful as I slowly get to grips with how R runs, I would disagree about not needing previous computer programming experience. While the author explains some terms used, eg %%, I am left baffled by others and have to resort to online guides (which I was trying to avoid) in order to make sure I understand everything. If the author had included a simple glossary so I could understand why terms such as "==" are required, then I probably would have been all the way through the book by now and a competent R user. These may be simple for those with basic computer programming, but they are baffling to a newbie!
This all said I would recommend the book because it has increased my knowledge. The layout is good and the level of usage builds up gradually. However external sources are also required, hence my four star rating.
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Initial post: 19 Sep 2013 13:53:39 BDT
A. Bird says:
I agree that perhaps the book assumes a base level of programming experience, but for future readers, note that there is a glossary for standard operators on page 145, including '=='.
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