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  • Updated with new chapters on the caret package, network analysis, and Shiny
  • New coverage of RBokeh, Plotly, json libraries, dplyr, tidyr, tests, reading Excel data package, and more
  • Packed with hands-on practice opportunities and realistic, downloadable code examples
  • By an author with unsurpassed experience teaching statistical programming and modeling to novices
  • For every potential R user: programmers, data scientists, DBAs, marketers, quants, scientists, policymakers, and many others


  • Copyright 2017
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 560
  • Edition: 2nd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-454692-X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-454692-6

Using the open source R language, you can build powerful statistical models to answer many of your most challenging questions. R has traditionally been difficult for non-statisticians to learn, and most R books assume far too much knowledge to be of help. R for Everyone is the solution.

Drawing on his unsurpassed experience teaching new users, professional data scientist Jared P. Lander has written the perfect tutorial for anyone new to statistical programming and modeling. Organized to make learning easy and intuitive, this guide focuses on the 20 percent of R functionality you’ll need to accomplish 80 percent of modern data tasks. Lander’s self-contained chapters start with the absolute basics, offering extensive hands-on practice and sample code. You’ll download and install R; navigate and use the R environment; master basic program control, data import, and manipulation; and walk through several essential tests. Then, building on this foundation, you’ll construct several complete models, both linear and nonlinear, and use some data mining techniques.

By the time you’re done, you won’t just know how to write R programs, you’ll be ready to tackle the statistical problems you care about most.

Coverage Includes:

  • Exploring R, RStudio, and R packages
  • Using R for math: variable types, vectors, calling functions, and more
  • Exploiting data structures, including data.frames, matrices, and lists
  • Creating attractive, intuitive statistical graphics
  • Writing user-defined functions
  • Controlling program flow with if, ifelse, and complex checks
  • Improving program efficiency with group manipulations
  • Combining and reshaping multiple datasets
  • Manipulating strings using R’s facilities and regular expressions
  • Creating normal, binomial, and Poisson probability distributions
  • Programming basic statistics: mean, standard deviation, and t-tests
  • Building linear, generalized linear, and nonlinear models
  • Assessing the quality of models and variable selection
  • Preventing overfitting, using the Elastic Net and Bayesian methods
  • Analyzing univariate and multivariate time series data
  • Grouping data via K-means and hierarchical clustering
  • Preparing reports, slideshows, and web pages with knitr
  • Building reusable R packages with devtools and Rcpp
  • Getting involved with the R global community


Author's Site

Visit the author's site at jaredlander.com.

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Data Reshaping with the R Programming Language

Table of Contents

Foreword xv

Preface xvii

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Author xxv

Chapter 1: Getting R 1

1.1 Downloading R 1

1.2 R Version 2

1.3 32-bit vs. 64-bit 2

1.4 Installing 2

1.5 Microsoft R Open 14

1.6 Conclusion 14

Chapter 2: The R Environment 15

2.1 Command Line Interface 16

2.2 RStudio 17

2.3 Microsoft Visual Studio 31

2.4 Conclusion 31

Chapter 3: R Packages 33

3.1 Installing Packages 33

3.2 Loading Packages 36

3.3 Building a Package 37

3.4 Conclusion 37

Chapter 4: Basics of R 39

4.1 Basic Math 39

4.2 Variables 40

4.3 Data Types 42

4.4 Vectors 47

4.5 Calling Functions 52

4.6 Function Documentation 52

4.7 Missing Data 53

4.8 Pipes 54

4.9 Conclusion 55

Chapter 5: Advanced Data Structures 57

5.1 data.frames 57

5.2 Lists 64

5.3 Matrices 70

5.4 Arrays 73

5.5 Conclusion 74

Chapter 6: Reading Data into R 75

6.1 Reading CSVs 75

6.2 Excel Data 79

6.3 Reading from Databases 81

6.4 Data from Other Statistical Tools 84

6.5 R Binary Files 85

6.6 Data Included with R 87

6.7 Extract Data from Web Sites 88

6.8 Reading JSON Data 90

6.9 Conclusion 92

Chapter 7: Statistical Graphics 93

7.1 Base Graphics 93

7.2 ggplot2 96

7.3 Conclusion 110

Chapter 8: Writing R functions 111

8.1 Hello, World! 111

8.2 Function Arguments 112

8.3 Return Values 114

8.4 do.call 115

8.5 Conclusion 116

Chapter 9: Control Statements 117

9.1 if and else 117

9.2 switch 120

9.3 ifelse 121

9.4 Compound Tests 123

9.5 Conclusion 123

Chapter 10: Loops, the Un-R Way to Iterate 125

10.1 for Loops 125

10.2 while Loops 127

10.3 Controlling Loops 127

10.4 Conclusion 128

Chapter 11: Group Manipulation 129

11.1 Apply Family 129

11.2 aggregate 132

11.3 plyr 136

11.4 data.table 140

11.5 Conclusion 150

Chapter 12: Faster Group Manipulation with dplyr 151

12.1 Pipes 151

12.2 tbl 152

12.3 select 153

12.4 filter 161

12.5 slice 167

12.6 mutate 168

12.7 summarize 171

12.8 group_by 172

12.9 arrange 173

12.10 do 174

12.11 dplyr with Databases 176

12.12 Conclusion 178

Chapter 13: Iterating with purrr 179

13.1 map 179

13.2 map with Specified Types 181

13.3 Iterating over a data.frame 186

13.4 map with Multiple Inputs 187

13.5 Conclusion 188

Chapter 14: Data Reshaping 189

14.1 cbind and rbind 189

14.2 Joins 190

14.3 reshape2 197

14.4 Conclusion 200

Chapter 15: Reshaping Data in the Tidyverse 201

15.1 Binding Rows and Columns 201

15.2 Joins with dplyr 202

15.3 Converting Data Formats 207

15.4 Conclusion 210

Chapter 16: Manipulating Strings 211

16.1 paste 211

16.2 sprintf 212

16.3 Extracting Text 213

16.4 Regular Expressions 217

16.5 Conclusion 224

Chapter 17: Probability Distributions 225

17.1 Normal Distribution 225

17.2 Binomial Distribution 230

17.3 Poisson Distribution 235

17.4 Other Distributions 238

17.5 Conclusion 240

Chapter 18: Basic Statistics 241

18.1 Summary Statistics 241

18.2 Correlation and Covariance 244

18.3 T-Tests 252

18.4 ANOVA 260

18.5 Conclusion 263

Chapter 19: Linear Models 265

19.1 Simple Linear Regression 265

19.2 Multiple Regression 270

19.3 Conclusion 287

Chapter 20: Generalized Linear Models 289

20.1 Logistic Regression 289

20.2 Poisson Regression 293

20.3 Other Generalized Linear Models 297

20.4 Survival Analysis 297

20.5 Conclusion 302

Chapter 21: Model Diagnostics 303

21.1 Residuals 303

21.2 Comparing Models 309

21.3 Cross-Validation 313

21.4 Bootstrap 318

21.5 Stepwise Variable Selection 321

21.6 Conclusion 324

Chapter 22: Regularization and Shrinkage 325

22.1 Elastic Net 325

22.2 Bayesian Shrinkage 342

22.3 Conclusion 346

Chapter 23: Nonlinear Models 347

23.1 Nonlinear Least Squares 347

23.2 Splines 350

23.3 Generalized Additive Models 353

23.4 Decision Trees 359

23.5 Boosted Trees 361

23.6 Random Forests 364

23.7 Conclusion 366

Chapter 24: Time Series and Autocorrelation 367

24.1 Autoregressive Moving Average 367

24.2 VAR 374

24.3 GARCH 379

24.4 Conclusion 388

Chapter 25: Clustering 389

25.1 K-means 389

25.2 PAM 397

25.3 Hierarchical Clustering 403

25.4 Conclusion 407

Chapter 26: Model Fitting with Caret 409

26.1 Caret Basics 409

26.2 Caret Options 409

26.3 Tuning a Boosted Tree 411

26.4 Conclusion 415

Chapter 27: Reproducibility and Reports with knitr 417

27.1 Installing a LaTeX Program 417

27.2 LaTeX Primer 418

27.3 Using knitr with LaTeX 420

27.4 Conclusion 426

Chapter 28: Rich Documents with RMarkdown 427

28.1 Document Compilation 427

28.2 Document Header 427

28.3 Markdown Primer 429

28.4 Markdown Code Chunks 430

28.5 htmlwidgets 432

28.6 RMarkdown Slideshows 444

28.7 Conclusion 446

Chapter 29: Interactive Dashboards with Shiny 447

29.1 Shiny in RMarkdown 447

29.2 Reactive Expressions in Shiny 452

29.3 Server and UI 454

29.4 Conclusion 463

Chapter 30: Building R Packages 465

30.1 Folder Structure 465

30.2 Package Files 465

30.3 Package Documentation 472

30.4 Tests 475

30.5 Checking, Building and Installing 477

30.6 Submitting to CRAN 479

30.7 C++ Code 479

30.8 Conclusion 484

Appendix A: Real-Life Resources 485

A.1 Meetups 485

A.2 Stack Overflow 486

A.3 Twitter 487

A.4 Conferences 487

A.5 Web Sites 488

A.6 Documents 488

A.7 Books 488

A.8 Conclusion 489

Appendix B: Glossary 491

List of Figures 507

List of Tables 513

General Index 515

Index of Functions 521

Index of Packages 527

Index of People 529

Data Index 531


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