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Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Ziltoid, Oct 10, 2013.
Anybody here uses R?
This is what I get for starting a "serious" thread for once
What do you mean by "R"?
I can be serious. Or at least try.
I would figuratively not be able to function without the letter r.
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8.3144621 m2 kg s-2 K-1 mol-1
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I'm tried R but it was a gateway to X.
usually only on International Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Unless it's a reference to a Reynolds number, in which case - not very often.
Or a temperature on the Rankine scale - also not often.
Statistically speaking I have a below-average interest in statistics.
I hear they're good for lying tho...
I like R, but the interface has a steep learning curve. The data management is a complete pain, so I use it in conjunction with various sql compliant databases. What I like best about R is the compatibility with all sorts of formats. I can use it for projects with clients who have custom software based on SPSS data formats, or dbf, or Stata, etc.
I've used it a lot. It's awesome. There are so many great packages available; you can always be using the latest statistical methods.
Unfortunately my current employer doesn't allow us to use any open-source software
That looks confusing, I'll pass.
What approach would you recommend for somebody who wants to learn it? I have no programming experience. I'm familiar with the SPSS syntax but that's a completely different game.
There's a lot of resources out there, free books, not so free books, courses, videos, etc. So much I'm not exactly sure where I should start first.
I want to learn it for real, not be dependent on an interface making it behave like spss or something.
This looks like a good tool for plotting data. I wish I knew about it when I was taking stats. At that time I was using MAPLE, which is another good software for math plotting.
Sorry, I just read the entire thread and my comment was out of context. You were probably talking about in terms of "programming" and not using it for plotting.
If I had a choice I'd use Matlab. But R seems to be growing in demand lately, especially among the life sciences and financial folks.
I've used a bunch of things along the way, though not R. Eventually ended up using Mathematica for anything along those lines (and most other lines, too) as it's got so many tools built-in. It's not expensive if someone else pays for it.