You have probably noticed I’m not much into R (though I’m slowly coming around to it). It goes back to when I was in my graduate statistics program, where we were required to use SPlus (R’s parent language—as far as I can tell, it’s the same thing, but with customer support).
We were given a half hour tutorial and an incomprehensible text, and sent off to figure it out how to use SPlus on graduate level stats.
And since I was already fluent in SAS, SPSS, and BMDP (may it rest in peace), I resisted SPlus. A lot.
I actually wish R had been around, and I wish all the great resources for learning it that exist now, existed then.
Here’s one of them, created by our very own R instructor, David Lillis. An R tutorial series that will get you started with R. Enjoy.
If you want to learn more about the syntax and techniques for data analysis and graphics using R, check out our upcoming 6-hour online workshop: Intro to R!