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33 Excellent Free Books to Learn all about R

Last Updated on November 23, 2023

21. An Introduction To R: Notes on R: A Programming Environment for Data Analysis and Graphics by William N Venables, David M Smith, and the R Core Team

An Introduction to RThis tutorial manual provides a comprehensive introduction to R, a software package for statistical computing and graphics.

This 105 introductory text offers a well-rounded primer to the world of R.

R supports a wide range of statistical techniques and is easily extensible via user-defined functions. One of R’s strengths is the ease with which publication-quality plots can be produced in a wide variety of formats.

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22. Exploratory Data Analysis with R by Roger D. Peng

Exploratory-Data-Analysis-RExploratory Data Analysis with R teaches you to use R to effectively visualize and explore complex datasets. Exploratory data analysis is a key part of the data science process because it allows you to sharpen your question and refine your modeling strategies.

The author is a professor of Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland.

The book has a suggested price of $15 but can be downloaded for free.

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23. Introduction to Empirical Bayes: Examples from Baseball Statistics by David Robinson


Introduction to Empirical Bayes teaches you how to use empirical Bayesian methods for estimating binomial proportions, through a series of intuitive examples drawn from baseball statistics.

You’ll learn both the theory and the practice behind empirical Bayes, including computing credible intervals, performing Bayesian A/B testing, and fitting mixture models. Each example is accompanied with visualizations to demonstrate the mathematical concepts, as well as R code that can be adapted to analyze your own data.

This book is adapted from a series of ten posts on the author’s blog with additional material added.

Like some of the other books in this roundup, the book is available for a “pay-what-you-want”. This includes free.

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24. Mastering Software Development in R by Roger D Peng, Sean Kross & Brooke Anderson


Mastering Software Development in R covers R software development for building data science tools.

This book offers a rigorous introduction to R, before moving on to advanced R programming instruction. It then proceeds to teach you  how to build R packages that will satisfy the criteria for submission to CRAN. The book finishes with instruction on how to build data visualization tools such as creating data graphics using ggplot2, building simple and dynamic maps, as well as creating gpplot2 themes.

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25. The caret Package by Max Kuhn


The caret (Classification And Regression Training) R package contains various functions for training and plotting classification and regression model.

The book looks at visualizations, pre-processing, data splitting, model training and tuning.

The book then moves on to available models, a basic list of model types or relevant characteristics. There’s also chapters on parallel processing, random hyperparameter search, subsampling for class imbalances, using recipes with train, and using your own model in train. The book concludes with chapters on adaptive resampling, variable importance, measuring functions, and more.

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Next page: Page 6 – Modern Statistics for Modern Biology and more books

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – R for Data Science and more books
Page 2 – R Graphics Cookbook and more books
Page 3 – Fundamentals of Data Visualization and more books
Page 4 – Data Analysis for the Life Sciences and more books
Page 5 – An Introduction To R and more books
Page 6 – Modern Statistics for Modern Biology and more books
Page 7 – A Little Book of R for Biomedical Statistics and more books

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