Bare-Bones R: A Brief Introductory Guide

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SAGE, 2010 - Computers - 79 pages
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Offering a user friendly introduction to R software

"A terrific intro book! I'll recommend it to any class I teach in which I use R."
—Gary McDonald, Oakland University

This text provides a practical, hands-on introduction to the elements of R and R Commander. Assuming no background in computer programming, author Thomas P. Hogan guides the novice in using these valuable tools for statistical analysis. The book walks the reader through steps for downloading and then works through examples of basic statistical processing.

Key Features

  • “Base R” covered including downloading, creating data sets, using R functions, and R graphics
  • R Commander information includes downloading, inputting data, statistical analysis, and graphing.
  • The author shows how to import and export data or files, using add-on packages, and annotated references for further skill development.
  • The book is suitable as a supplement to any standard introduction to statistics or for the person in the social and behavioral sciences, education, and allied health fields who wants a quick start on R

Accompanied by a Student Study Site

An upcoming student study site at contains downloadable data sets used in the text as well as selected updates for R.


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About the author (2010)

Thomas P. Hogan, Ph.D. is professor of psychology and Distinguished University Fellow at the University of Scranton. He teaches courses in statistics, research methods, psychological testing, and educational assessment. While doing so, he has received all three of the University’s teaching awards. Prior to his time as full-time professor, he served as Dean of the Graduate School and Director of Research and as Interim Provost/Academic Vice President at Scranton. Previously, he was professor of psychology, Associate Chancellor for Graduate and Professional Programs, and Co-Director of the Assessment Center at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. He is the author or co-author of several nationally used standardized tests, textbooks on psychological testing and educational assessment, and over 100 published articles and presentations related to psychological and educational measurement. He serves frequently as a consultant to government agencies, professional organizations, and businesses on matters of measurement, research design, and statistical analysis. He holds a bachelor’s degree from John Carroll University and both master’s and doctoral degrees from Fordham University, with a specialization in psychometrics.

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