R for Everyone PDF

R for Everyone PDF
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R for Everyone PDF

With the increasing prevalence of data in our daily lives, new and better tools are needed to analyze the deluge. Traditionally there have been two ends of the spectrum: lightweight, individual analysis using tools like Excel or SPSS and heavy-duty, high-performance analysis built with C++ and the like. With the increasing strength of personal computers grew a middle ground that was both interactive and robust. Analysis done by an individual on his or her own computer in an exploratory fashion could quickly be transformed into something destined for a server, underpinning advanced business processes. This area is the domain of R, Python, and other scripted languages.

R for everyone lays out information in a way I wish I were taught when learning R in graduate school. Coming full circle, the content of this book was developed in conjunction with the data science course that writer teaches at Columbia University. It is not meant to cover every minute detail of R, but rather the 20% of functionality needed to accomplish 80% of the work.

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