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Practical Predictive Analytics by Ralph Winters

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Alternate ways of exploring R

Although installing R directly from the CRAN site is the way most people will proceed, I wanted to mention some alternative R installation methods. These methods are often good in instances when you are not always at your computer:

  • Virtual environment: Here are a few ways to install R in the virtual environment:
    • VirtualBox or VMware: Virtual environments are good for setting up protected environments and loading preinstalled operating systems and packages. Some advantages are that they are good for isolating testing areas, and when you do not wish to take up additional space on your own machine.
    • Docker: Docker resembles a virtual machine, but is a bit more lightweight since it does not emulate an entire operating ...

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