Which R documents to read, and which R packages to use

There are lots of R documents and over 3000 R packages. Which documents to start with and which R packages to use are questions faced by many people.

If you are new to R, an Introduction to R can be a good reference to start with, which is available at CRAN website. After that, you may want to know more details about R Language and data access, and they are documented respectively by the R Language Definition and R Data Import/Export at CRAN website.

More R Contributed Documents, including non-English ones are available at http://cran.r-project.org/other-docs.html. The R Journal is another source of documents on R techniques and packages.

If you prefer to learn R with examples, two excellent online resources are
Quick-R, and
R Tutorial.

If you want to use R for data mining, Data Mining with R – Learning by Case Studies is an excellent book to learn from.

Getting lost in  over 3000 R packages? Which R packages to use? CRAN Task Views are a good guidance. They provide collections of packages for different tasks. Some task views related to data mining are:
– CRAN Task View: Machine Learning & Statistical Learning,
– CRAN Task View: Cluster Analysis & Finite Mixture Models,
– CRAN Task View: Time Series Analysis,
– CRAN Task View: Multivariate Statistics, and
– CRAN Task View: Analysis of Spatial Data.

If you want to know which R functions and packages can be used for your data mining applications, R Reference Card for Data Mining will be helpful to you, which is available at RDataMining website <http://www.rdatamining.com&gt;. Another useful document at the website is R and Data Mining: Example and Case Studies, which presents many examples on data mining with R.

Yanchang Zhao
RDataMining: http://www.rdatamining.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RDataMining
Group on Linkedin: http://group.rdatamining.com
Group on Google: http://group2.rdatamining.com

About Yanchang Zhao

I am a data scientist, using R for data mining applications. My work on R and data mining: RDataMining.com; Twitter; Group on Linkedin; and Group on Google.
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2 Responses to Which R documents to read, and which R packages to use

  1. Jakub says:

    Thank you very much for all your work!

  2. What did you use to design your blog? It’s really awesome can you send me an email and let me know?

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