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Getting Started with R: An Introduction for Biologists

Andrew P. Beckerman Owen L. Petchey



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Oxford University Press
10 May 2012
Biology, life sciences; Mathematical & statistical software; Program concepts & learning to program
Learning how to get answers from data is an integral part of modern training in the natural, physical, social, and engineering sciences. One of the most exciting changes in data management and analysis during the last decade has been the growth of open source software. The open source statistics and programming language R has emerged as a critical component of any researcher's toolbox. Indeed, R is rapidly becoming the standard software for analyses, graphical presentations, and programming in the biological sciences.

This book provides a functional introduction for biologists new to R. While teaching how to import, explore, graph, and analyse data, it keeps readers focused on their ultimate goals - communicating their data in oral presentations, posters, papers, and reports. It also provides a consistent method (workflow) for using R that is simple, efficient, reliable, accurate, and reproducible. The material in the book reproduces the engaging and sometimes humorous nature of the three-day course on which it is based.
By:   Andrew P. Beckerman, Owen L. Petchey
Imprint:   Oxford University Press
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 242mm,  Width: 175mm,  Spine: 11mm
Weight:   398g
ISBN:   9780199601615
ISBN 10:   0199601615
Pages:   160
Publication Date:   10 May 2012
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Professional & Vocational ,  A / AS level ,  Further / Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Preface 1: Why R? 2: Import explore graph I - getting started 3: Import explore graph II - importing and exploring 4: Import explore graph III - graphs 5: Getting started doing your statistics in R 6: Final comments and encouragement Appendix: references and datasets Index

Andrew Beckerman and Owen Petchey are Evolutionary Ecologists with over 20 years of combined experience using R for data analysis and visualisation. Andrew is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Sheffield, UK and Owen is an Assistant Professor at the University of Zurich, Switzerland.

Reviews for Getting Started with R: An Introduction for Biologists

The book would make the ideal text for a short course on data management and presentation - it truly packs an amazing amount of wisdom and wit between slim covers. Graeme D. Ruxton, Trends in Ecology and Evolution

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