This section focuses on onboarding the readers to R programming. Details on installation and sample programs are provided as a part of this section for reference.
R is a scripting language for statistical data analysis and exploration. It was inspired by the statistical language S developed by AT&T. S later was sold to a small firm, which added a GUI interface and named the result S-Plus. SAS and MATLAB are other popular data analysis environments. It is a tool for data manipulation that includes connecting to data sources and slicing and dicing data, data modeling, and visualizations.
The use of R is increasing exponentially in the predictive analytics community.
Of course, the biggest attraction with R is that it is open source, fairly ...