Book Review – Modern Applied Statistics with S by W. N. Venables and B. D. Ripley (Springer 2003)

May 9th, 2010


Modern Applied Statistics with S (Fourth Edition) is one of the oldest and most popular books on Applied Statistics using R and S-plus. A large number of topics in Applied Statistics are covered in this book and it is certainly not for the faint hearted. A sound knowledge of the Statistical Methods covered in each Chapter is important and there are the book includes many examples of using a wide range of techniques. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – ggplot 2: Elegant Graphics for Data Analysis by Hadley Wickham (Springer 2009)

April 20th, 2010


This book is written by the author of the ggplot2 package for R, which is a package with a design inspired by the grammar of graphics and can remove some of the effort required to put together impressive graphs. The book is just under 200 pages and covers a decent range of material to introduce new and experienced R users to the ggplot2 package. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – Interactive and Dynamic Graphics for Data Analysis: With R and GGobi by Dianne Cook and Deborah F. Swayne (Springer 2007)

October 8th, 2009


This book covers interactive graphics and their role in data analysis and covers the GGobi software package, which is an open source project for data visualisation, and the book is written by the two authors as well in addition to the R statistical environment. Read the rest of this entry »

Book Review – Lattice: Multivariate Data Visualization with R by Deepayan Sarkar (Springer 2008)

July 19th, 2009


This book by Deepayan Sarkar, who is the author of the lattice package for R, provides an introduction to this implementation of the trellis graphics system followed up with a large range of examples of frequently used graphics. The book is divided into three parts starting with the basics leading into taking greater control of the graphics systems and finishing with a brief discussion of extending the lattice library. Read the rest of this entry »