R Statistical Analysis Toolbox

R is an open source mathematical toolbox that is particularly aimed at analysis. It is widely used in the science world and is becoming increasingly the tool of choice amongst data analysts.


Why do I use R?


Getting R

Use the R main site to download and install a suitable version of R for your machine. I would then recommend running through tutorials to get to learn the basics.

R is command line, which is not to everyone's taste. There are some GUIs available but I have settled on R Studio. R Studio is an IDE (integrated Development Environment) where you still have to write scripts but I find it much easer to use R this way. And once you have gotten in to writing scripts you will see it is a good way of doing this type of work because it allows you to produce reproducable research particularly if you use the R MarkDown approach.