1. Getting Started

  1. Michael J. Crawley

Published Online: 6 NOV 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118448908.ch1

The R Book, Second Edition

The R Book, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crawley, M. J. (2012) Getting Started, in The R Book, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118448908.ch1

Author Information

  1. Imperial College London at Silwood Park, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 6 NOV 2012
  2. Published Print: 7 DEC 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470973929

Online ISBN: 9781118448908



  • getting started on R, model choice crucial;
  • data arrangement, reading data into R;
  • knowing the difference of response/explanatory variable;
  • R language fundamentals, R and a little statistics;
  • installing R, comprehensive R archive network;
  • getting help in R, using worked examples;
  • packages in R, contents/installing packages;
  • command line versus scripts;
  • data editor, changing the look of the R screen;
  • linking to other computer languages


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • How to use this book

  • Installing R

  • Running R

  • The Comprehensive R Archive Network

  • Getting help in R

  • Packages in R

  • Command line versus scripts

  • Data editor

  • Changing the look of the R screen

  • Good housekeeping

  • Linking to other computer languages