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From: "Ott Toomet" <

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To: "Francisco J Molina" <

fjmolina@lbl.gov>

Cc: "r-help" <

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Sent: Friday, March 15, 2002 8:52 PM

Subject: [R] Re: S-plus book

On Thu, 14 Mar 2002, Francisco J Molina wrote:

I would like to know if a book on S-plus could help me to learn R.

As mentioned, MASS (modern applied statistics with S-plus) is a classical

book for R. You should only be aware that

- the book do not mention R at all

- you need slight modifications for the example code (e.g. you should often

load a specific library)

Actually, within the MASS library (after you've installed it) - normally in

$R_LIB/MASS/scripts, there are copies of modified R version of the codes for

all chapters in that book. They should work in R directly without any

modifications at all.

- you should install packages VR and MASS (the last one is presumably

installed by default), these packages include all (?) the necessary code for

the examples.

Aren't they the same? I have a feeling that VR is the name of the

compressed source files of the library, once it is installed it will be

called MASS. In other words you cannot find MASS.zip or MASS.tar.gz from

CRAN, because it is called VR.zip or VR.tar.gz

I really recommend that book, do not be afraid that it only speaks about

S-plus.

I agree. It has the basic fundamental principles about statistics too.

If you are more interested in programming yourself, and less in

pre-programmed packages, you may consider ,,S programming'' by Venables &

Ripley. This book speaks about R explicitly (because it is newer?).

Yes I have this book too but in my opinion it is more related to

programming, if one is looking for applied statistics book (so one can apply

statistics using R), then MASS book is the choice.

Cheers,

Kevin

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Ko-Kang Kevin Wang

Postgraduate PGDipSci Student

Department of Statistics

University of Auckland

Auckland

New Zealand

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