What is R? If you guessed, “a letter in the alphabet,” you’re only halfway right. The letter R also represents a programming language typically used by people to compile statistics as well as analyze or create visual representations of a data set. In many ways it is similar to products like Microsoft Excel, SPSS and STATA but free to download and perhaps even more powerful.
Unfamiliar with R, I turned to my colleague Jeff Hemsley, an active contributor to the R community of bloggers. I was confident that Jeff would direct me to helpful resources. This Q & A list below does exactly that!
What is R?
R is a free software programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics. The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software and data analysis. Polls and surveys of data miners are showing R’s popularity has increased substantially in recent years.
- Watch this short video and find out what’s up with R.
- Want to see what visualizations from R might look like? View this nearly endless list of graphics produced using R.
Want to give it a try?
Stop reading and start downloading and using R.
Want to make life a little easier for yourself?
Don’t feel like spending hours reading?
Check out this site where you’ll find almost one-hundred short videos to get you up to speed with R
Don’t have time to sit through a bunch of videos?
- This site is designed to help you quickly employ R into the work that you do
- This 4-page R reference card may be able to help you get started
- And here is a really long (but useful) R tip sheet
Wish you knew other R users in your area?
You really want “books” on programming in R?
Got questions? Need help?
If there is a resource (especially videos) that should be on this list but isn’t, either mention it in the comments section below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org