Getting Started with R: An Introduction for Biologists

Getting Started with R: An Introduction for Biologists

Paperback Oxford Biology

By (author) Andrew P. Beckerman, By (author) Owen L. Petchey

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Paperback | 128 pages
  • Dimensions: 164mm x 238mm x 10mm | 259g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199601623
  • ISBN 13: 9780199601622
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations, black & white line drawings, colour line drawings, colour tables, figures, graphs
  • Sales rank: 186,199

Product description

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.

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Author information

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.

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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 I was engaged by the refreshing style of the authors, that while informal, gives the user clear step-by-step instructions for using the software. Apart from the clear biological leaning of the example data, this book is applicable to anyone learning R (even a statistician!). Significance

Table of contents

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