In This Chapter
Doing basic R programming
Setting up your programming environment
Developing a regression model
Developing a classification tree model
A book covering the major facets of predictive analysis is not complete unless it covers the R programming language. Our goal is to get you up and running as quick as possible. That goal entails getting you started making predictions and experimenting with predictive analysis, using standard tools such as R and the algorithms data scientists and statisticians use to make predictive models.
So do you have to know how to program to create predictive models? We would answer, “probably not, but it surely helps.” Relax. We think you’ll have fun learning R. Granted, this chapter is pretty high-level, so you may read it just to boost your understanding of how data scientists and statisticians use R.
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