2011
04.06

R Cookbook

R CookbookThe R Cookbook should be on your bookshelf if you work with R.

The book is as self-described, a collection of tasks and how to accomplish those tasks in R (recipes).  This is not a tutorial on the language, but is definitely recommended for novices.  One of the most frustrating aspects of R for the beginner is to know what manipulations you require for a dataset, but to be clueless as to how to perform those steps in R; this book can help close that gap.

For intermediate users, it can serve as a reference.  I’ll often use this to jog my memory as to how a particular technique is applied, e.g., run a function on each row of a dataframe. Since the book has been available on the O’Reilly Safari system for several months, it’s become one of my most-used options for R info.

Technically the book appears to be accurate, with the recipes I’ve used functioning well.  Caveat, I have not tested any of the higher-end statistical recipes, as they aren’t required in my work.

In summary, this should be one of the first books purchased when building an R library.

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