R Recipes: A Cookbook For Data Analysis and Visualisation

rCookbook.gif The R Cook­book by Paul Tee­tor is a solid addi­tion to the well respec­ted series. Tee­tor provides a rich col­lec­tion of use­ful examples writ­ten in the proven method and cov­er­ing everything from installing, con­fig­ur­ing and run­ning R to car­ry­ing out soph­ist­ic­ated stat­ist­ical ana­lysis tasks that demon­strate the power of R. The book is tar­geted at a wide audi­ence from R novice eager to just start play­ing in R to more exper­i­enced prac­ti­tion­ers look­ing to hone and round out their R repertoire.

It can be used as an intro­duct­ory train­ing source for those who like to learn by doing and extra­pol­at­ing know­ledge from examples. It also has the use­ful abil­ity of func­tion as a ref­er­ence source when plot­ting a par­tic­u­lar R exer­cise.
The prob­lem — solu­tion — dis­cus­sion pat­tern works well when the prob­lem is clearly and con­cisely stated as Tee­tor does. As the book pro­gresses it does move towards more advanced stat­ist­ical manip­u­la­tion and ana­lysis, but then if you are using R in the first place then this is a fairly safe assump­tion. This is one of the more not­able cook­book series for the thor­ough­ness of the dis­cus­sion. The inclu­sion of philo­soph­ical notes, para­meter and options sec­tions when neces­sary and finally the cross-indexing via the more inform­a­tion sec­tion set this book apart as a superb ref­er­ence. In con­junc­tion with the R in a Nut­shell which was reviewed earlier, there are indis­pens­able tools for the bud­ding R enthu­si­ast and in con­junc­tion with the freely access­ible R ref­er­ence manu­als from the Found­a­tion form the optimal R lib­rary.
My only gripe is that there is less focus in this book on the visu­al­isa­tion end of R. That is not to say that there not vis exer­cises in the book. Simply that it is heav­ier on the ana­lysis end on the lan­guage which is actu­ally well and good as this is cru­cial to the lat­ter and an area that I for one need the instruc­tion.
This cook­book does not expect read­ers to arrive with extens­ive R know­ledge and as I men­tioned earlier is tar­geted for a broad audi­ence of R practitioners.

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