Getting Started with R


Author: Paul Teetor
Publisher: O'Reilly, 2011
Pages: 58
ISBN: 978-1449303235
Aimed at: Programmers and statisticians
Rating: 4
Pros: Good introduction for beginners
Cons: Not good value for money
Reviewed by: Mike James

 

This is a collection of 25 recipes from the R Cookbook which we recently reviewed and rated as a five.

So this much be good then?

The only question is why would you buy a very slim book which only contains 25 recipes? It is a very good question but it seems that O'Reilly thinks that extracts from bigger books are a good idea in general. In most cases I'd have to disagree but there might be a good reason for  doing it in this case.

 

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The recipes start out with downloading and installing R. Then they move on to the basics of using R - reading in data, creating a vector and so on. Then we have a set of recipes that show you how to derive basic statistics from the data and the most simple statistical tests - mean, confidence interval, t test, correlation ans so on. Then we have a section on graphics - scatter, bar, histogram and box plot. Finally we have some more advanced procedures in the form of regression.

So what you have is a complete introduction to R following the sort of path most beginners would take in just 25 Recipes selected from the larger book. It has to be admitted that while the full cookbook is a good book it doesn't provide an easy route for the beginner. However, this could be solved simply by providing a list of recipes to read for an introductory course, so perhaps the production of an extra book based on the same material is unnecessary.

Overall this is a very reasonable, if slight, introduction to R an if you want something you can carry around or want something to base a course on it might just be what you are looking for. Personally I think the full book is better value and its usefulness will last a lot longer.

 

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Professional Node.js

Author: Pedro Teixeira
Publisher: Wrox
Pages: 408
ISBN: 978-1118185469
Audience: Intermediate JavaScript programmers
Rating: 3.5
Reviewer: Ian Elliot

Node.js seems to be growing in importance and we need some good book to tell us what it is all about. Is Professional Node.js the one you need?



Enterprise Games: Using Game Mechanics to Build a Better Business

Author: Michael Hugos
Publisher: O'Reilly
Pages: 216
ISBN: 978-1449319564
Audience: General and niche
Rating: 4
Reviewer: Sue Gee

A book that sets out to transform the relationship between play and work that only a programmer could have written.


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