A Beginner's Guide to R (2009). Zuur, Ieno and Meesters. Springer

Based on their extensive experience with teaching R and statistics to applied scientists, the authors provide a beginner's guide to R. To avoid the difficulty of teaching R and statistics at the same time, statistical methods are kept to a minimum. The text covers how to download and install R, import and manage data, elementary plotting, an introduction to functions, advanced plotting, and common beginner mistakes.

Due to high sales volume 'A Beginner's Guide to R' has been translated in Chinese and Japanese.

Our online R course is based on this book. With on-demand video files of Powerpoint presentations and R exercises. For examples of video files see Sections 1 to 4 and Sections 5 to 12 of Chapter 1. Left-mouse click to go to the next slide. If you cannot view this file please contact us for another format (e.g. MP4, AVI). These files are not streaming. You need to download and then play them. Click here for further information on this course

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Many readers have asked for the R code for the exercises, so we decided to make these available.


Chinese and Japanese  front covers.