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Statistical & Qualitative Data Analysis Software: About R and RStudio

About R and RStudio; resources for R online.

About R

What is R?

R is a free, open source software program for statistical analysis, based on the S language.

What is RStudio?

RStudio is a free, open source IDE (integrated development environment) for R. (You must install R before you can install RStudio.) Its interface is organized so that the user can clearly view graphs, data tables, R code, and output all at the same time. It also offers an Import-Wizard-like feature that allows users to import CSV, Excel, SAS (*.sas7bdat), SPSS (*.sav), and Stata (*.dta) files into R without having to write the code to do so.

Why use R?

  • Free and open source.
  • Available for Windows, Macintosh, and Linux.
  • Publication-quality graphs.
  • Rivals (and in many cases, exceeds) SAS and Stata in terms of availability of advanced statistical methods and algorithms, through availability of user-created packages.
  • Packages for literate statistical programming - weaving written reports and analysis code in one document.

What file types are typically associated with R?

  • *.r - An R script.
  • *.rmd - An R Markdown file.
  • *.rnw - An R Sweave file.
  • *.rds - A file containing a [single] R object; can be created using saveRDS(), and loaded using readRDS().
  • *.rdata - A file containing one or more R objects or workspaces; can be created using save(), and loaded using load().

How can I access R?

R and RStudio are free and open-source. To install them on any computer, download the software from their respective websites.

Learn R

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