R for the Health, Behavioral, and Social Sciences
Before beginning the book, you will need to download the
R software www.r-project.org and then the RStudio software www.rstudio.com.
R is the brains and
RStudio1 is an “IDE” (something that helps us work with
R much more easily).
Once both are installed (helps on installing the software can be found on www.rstudio.com, www.r-bloggers.com, and www.statmethods.net) you are good to go. The remainder of the book will be about actually using it.
The book is divided into three parts.
- Chapter 1: The Basics
- Chapter 2: Working with and Cleaning Your Data
- Chapter 3: Understanding Your Data (summary statistics, ggplot2)
- Chapter 4: Basic Statistical Analyses (T-tests, ANOVA, Linear Regression)
- Chapter 5: Generalized Linear Models
- Chapter 6: Multilevel Modeling
- Chapter 7: Other Modeling Techniques
- Chapter 8: Advanced data manipulation
- Chapter 9: Advanced plotting
- Chapter 10: Where to go from here
At the end of the book, you should be able to: 1) use
R to perform your data cleaning and data analyses and 2) understand online helps (e.g. www.stackoverflow.com, www.r-bloggers.com) so your potential in
R becomes nearly limitless.