Overview of R, or wizaRds vs muggles

Simon Queenborough

FES720: Introduction to R


Plan for Today

  1. Introductions

  2. Overview of Syllabus

  3. Overview of R


Introducing: Simon & Andrew

Look, you can even work on R in the rain forest ...


Overview of Syllabus


Overview of R

Don't worry, it will be ok


R programming language is a lot like magic...

... well, a little bit

Use it wisely, and use it well


R users are (like) wizards!


SPSS, SAS, JMP, (etc ...) users are like muggles

How did they do that?!


Excel is worse ...


What is R?



R in an intepreted computer language


R in an intepreted computer language


History of R


Advantages of R


Disadvantages of R


R help listserv


I believe functions should do what they say on the box (and the help page), and not what some user hopes they might do by mind-reading. -- Brian D. Ripley R-help (November 2004)


Learning R

What just happened ..?!


R vs the World


The World (a.k.a. Commercial software)


R is unlimited

That sounds awesome!


R can be used for ...

That's a lot of wordle


Final Words of Warning ...

Using R is a bit akin to smoking.

The beginning is difficult, one may get headaches and even gag the first few times.

But in the long run, it becomes pleasurable and even addictive.

Yet, deep down, for those willing to be honest, there is something not fully healthy in it.

--Francois Pinard