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Using R for Introductory Statistics, Second Edition

By John Verzani

Chapman and Hall/CRC – 2014 – 518 pages

Series: Chapman & Hall/CRC The R Series

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    June 26th 2014

Description

The second edition of a bestselling textbook, Using R for Introductory Statistics guides students through the basics of R, helping them overcome the sometimes steep learning curve. The author does this by breaking the material down into small, task-oriented steps. The second edition maintains the features that made the first edition so popular, while updating data, examples, and changes to R in line with the current version.

See What’s New in the Second Edition:

  • Increased emphasis on more idiomatic R provides a grounding in the functionality of base R.
  • Discussions of the use of RStudio helps new R users avoid as many pitfalls as possible.
  • Use of knitr package makes code easier to read and therefore easier to reason about.
  • Additional information on computer-intensive approaches motivates the traditional approach.
  • Updated examples and data make the information current and topical.

The book has an accompanying package, UsingR, available from CRAN, R’s repository of user-contributed packages. The package contains the data sets mentioned in the text (data(package="UsingR")), answers to selected problems (answers()), a few demonstrations (demo()), the errata (errata()), and sample code from the text.

The topics of this text line up closely with traditional teaching progression; however, the book also highlights computer-intensive approaches to motivate the more traditional approach. The authors emphasize realistic data and examples and rely on visualization techniques to gather insight. They introduce statistics and R seamlessly, giving students the tools they need to use R and the information they need to navigate the sometimes complex world of statistical computing.

Reviews

Praise for the First Edition:

"The author has made a very serious effort to introduce entry-level students of statistics to the open-source software package R. One mistake most authors of similar texts make is to assume some basic level of familiarity, either with the subject to be taught, or the tool (the software package) to be used in teaching the subject. This book does not fall into either trap. … the examples and exercises are well-chosen …"

MAA Reviews, October 2010

"The book presents each new concept in a gentle manner. Numerous examples serve to illustrate both the R commands and the general statistical concepts. … Every chapter contains sample code for plotting … The book also has a rich supply of homework problems that are straightforward and data-focused … I found the book enjoyable to read. Even as an experienced user of R, I learned a few things. … Without hesitation I would use it for an introductory statistics course or an introduction to R for a general audience. Indeed, Verzani’s book may prove a useful travel guide through the sometimes exasperating territory of statistical computing."

—E. Andres Houseman (Harvard School of Public Health), Statistics in Medicine, Vol. 26, 2007

"This book sets out to kill two birds with one stone—introducing R and statistics at the same time. The author accomplishes his twin goals by presenting an easy-to-follow narrative mixed with R codes, formulae, and graphs … [He] clearly has a great command of R, and uses its strength and versatility to achieve statistical goals that cannot be easily reached otherwise … this book contains a cornucopia of information for beginners in statistics who want to learn a computer language that is positioned to take the statistics world by storm."

Significance, September 2005

"Anyone who has struggled to produce his or her own notes to help students use R will appreciate this thorough, careful and complete guide aimed at beginning students."

Journal of Statistical Software, November 2005

"This is an ideal text for integrating the study of statistics with a powerful computation tool."

Zentralblatt MATH

Contents

DATA

What Is Data?

Some R Essentials

Accessing Data by Using Indices

Reading in Other Sources of Data

UNIVARIATE DATA

Categorical Data

Numeric Data

Shape of a Distribution

BIVARIATE DATA

Pairs of Categorical Variables

Comparing Independent Samples

Relationships in Numeric Data

Simple Linear Regression

MULTIVARIATE DATA

Viewing Multivariate Data

R Basics: Data Frames and Lists

Using Model Formula with Multivariate Data

Lattice Graphics

Types of Data in R

DESCRIBING POPULATIONS

Populations

Families of Distributions

The Central Limit Theorem

SIMULATION

The Normal Approximation for the Binomial

for loops

Simulations Related to the Central Limit Theorem

Defining a Function

Investigating Distributions

Bootstrap Samples

Alternates to for loops

CONFIDENCE INTERVALS

Confidence Interval Ideas

Confidence Intervals for a Population Proportion, p

Confidence Intervals for the Population Mean, µ

Other Confidence Intervals

Confidence Intervals for Differences

Confidence Intervals for the Median

SIGNIFICANCE TESTS

Significance Test for a Population Proportion

Significance Test for the Mean (t-Tests)

Significance Tests and Confidence Intervals

Significance Tests for the Median

Two-Sample Tests of Proportion

Two-Sample Tests of Center

GOODNESS OF FIT

The Chi-Squared Goodness-of-Fit Test

The Chi-Squared Test of Independence

Goodness-of-Fit Tests for Continuous Distributions

LINEAR REGRESSION

The Simple Linear Regression Model

Statistical Inference for Simple Linear Regression

Multiple Linear Regression

ANALYSIS OF VARIANCE

One-Way ANOVA

Using lm() for ANOVA

ANCOVA

Two-Way ANOVA

TWO EXTENSIONS OF THE LINEAR MODEL

Logistic Regression

Nonlinear Models

APPENDIX A: GETTING, INSTALLING, AND RUNNING R

Installing and Starting R

Extending R Using Additional Packages

APPENDIX B: GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACES AND R

The Windows GUI

The Mac OS X GUI

Rcdmr

APPENDIX C: TEACHING WITH R

APPENDIX D: MORE ON GRAPHICS WITH R

Low- and High-Level Graphic Functions

Creating New Graphics in R

APPENDIX E: PROGRAMMING IN R

Editing Functions

Using Functions

Using Files and a Better Editor

Object-Oriented Programming with R

INDEX

Name: Using R for Introductory Statistics, Second Edition (Hardback)Chapman and Hall/CRC 
Description: By John Verzani. The second edition of a bestselling textbook, Using R for Introductory Statistics guides students through the basics of R, helping them overcome the sometimes steep learning curve. The author does this by breaking the material down into small,...
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