R is available here: http://cran.r-project.org/.
Consoles with a limited but handy menu come with the Windows and Mac distributions. These make it somewhat easier to browse available packages and documentation. In Unix, the R executable will generally install into /usr/bin/R and uses the X Window System (X11) for graphs.
The commands in this book work for all R platforms.
Upon starting R, you will see a prompt describing the version of R you are accessing, a disclaimer about R as a free software, and some functions regarding license, contributors, and demos of R.
R uses an interactive shell—each line is interpreted after you hit
> prompt appears when R is ready for
another command. In this book, all commands that a user enters appear in
bold after the prompt.
Built-in functions and simple mathematical calculations are the basics of R language. By typing 1+1 and hitting Enter, you’ll observe the following:
> 1+1 2
> myAnswer 9
Just like a calculator, you can also take logs with
log(), find the sin of angles with
sin(), and take absolute values of any real number with
abs(). R allows you to store your results in a variable
by using the
<- operator. To view
the value of a variable, simply type its name. Names in R are
case-sensitive, so one, One, and oNe are three different variables. You
can also create a vector (a collection of elements) using variables of the
same type (