My (second) R….

In IT by JMoola

I’ve been thinking of improving my technical and especially data analysis skills l. Considering that I want to improve my programming language skills too, Java and R seemed both pretty much on the money.

Here’s a run down of my experience and learning processes for (my second) R:
R is a programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics supported by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing.[3] The R language is widely used among statisticians and data miners for developing statistical software[4]and data analysis.[5] Polls, surveys of data miners, and studies of scholarly literature databases show that R’s popularity has increased substantially in recent years

I downloaded R and R studio and looked up the following resources as an intro to the language and its IDE
Process is relatively straightforward and the IDE lightweight (compared to an Android Studio of Eclipse)

Getting Started with R

Next step after the install was to understand the basics which can be split into the following areas

  • The IDE
  • The commands
  •  The fonctions
  •  The features
  •  Data import & manipulation
  •  Plotting
  •  Exporting

Re data Import and manipulation
I searched to see if I could install R Server on my Webhost and/or connect to my hosted DB via ODBC but doesn’t look like it via Siteground. Couple of options are to buy into a hosted service (expensive) or to self host (my little DS214se NAS wouldn’t be able to handle it so we’re looking at building a little Linux server with old and spare PC at home – previous attempts didn’t go to plan but I shall not be vanquished)

I should also mention the fact that I started a Udacity course and R / R studio was mentioned a couple of times so there is some method to this madness