Easy R

Easy R

Access, Prepare, Visualize, Explore Data, and Write Papers

Elizabeth Gohmert, Quan Li, Douglas Wise


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This book is built on the premise that anyone can learn to use the R software. The authors emphasize using R to do useful things like writing papers and reports, creating data and graphs, accessing datasets collected by others, preparing data, and conducting simple data analysis. After a first chapter on installing the software and project setup, the second chapter shows how to write an essay using R Markdown, rewarding readers with an immediate tangible result, and taking the fear out of working with a new software. After walking readers step by step through data creation, visualization, preparation, access, and exploration across the next four chapters, the book ends on a high note of writing an empirical research paper in R. Student-friendly language and examples (e.g. binge-watched shows on Netflix, top 5 songs on Spotify), cumulative learning and repetition across chapters, and practice exercises make this a must-have guide for a variety of courses where data is used and reports need to be written (including, but not limited to intro statistics and research methods). Code and datasets used to carry out the examples in the book are available on an accompanying website.