CHAPTER 1

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Getting Star ted

There are compelling reasons to use R. Enthusiastic users, programmers, and contributors support R and its development. A dedicated core team of R experts maintains the language. R is accurate, produces excellent graphics, has a variety of built-in functions, and is both a functional language and an object-oriented one. There are (literally) thousands of contributed packages available to R users for specialized data analyses.

Developing from a novice into a more competent user of R may take as little as three months by only using R on a part-time basis (disclaimer: n = 1). Realistically, depending on background, your ...

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