...R is not a spectator sport and that is the beauty of it
~ Antonio Paredes
R is a free open source software package for statistical computing and graphics. Visit the R home page here. Bioconductor is an R project for bioinformatics. Both projects consist of a core set of functions and hundreds of user written packages.
From a computer science point of view, R is an interpreted, interactive functional language with two levels of object orientation called S3 (loose object orientation) and S4 (rigorous object orientation). R uses both S3 and S4, while Bioconductor is built around S4 classes.
Resources for Getting Started with R (locally written 3 page guides). Click here.
Resources for Getting to Know R (please send your recommendations)
- R Task Views - summaries of discipline specific capabilities.
- A nice graph gallery showing the range of things R can be coaxed to do
- Books about R owned by DePauw libraries. If link doesn't work, try here.
- Books about R (gives a good idea of discipline-specific uses; most books have associated web pages that contain the code for everything in the book)
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This page maintained by Bryan Hanson, Dept of Chemistry & Biochemistry. Last update: April 9, 2012