Load, wrangle, and analyze your data using the world's most powerful statistical programming language
About This Book
Load, manipulate and analyze data from different sources
Gain a deeper understanding of fundamentals of applied statistics
A practical guide to performing data analysis in practice
Who This Book Is ForWhether you are learning data analysis for the first time, or you want to deepen the understanding you already have, this book will prove to an invaluable resource. If you are looking for a book to bring you all the way through the fundamentals to the application of advanced and effective analytics methodologies, and have some prior programming experience and a mathematical background, then this is for you.
What You Will Learn
Navigate the R environment
Describe and visualize the behavior of data and relationships between data
Gain a thorough understanding of statistical reasoning and sampling
Employ hypothesis tests to draw inferences from your data
Learn Bayesian methods for estimating parameters
Perform regression to predict continuous variables
Apply powerful classification methods to predict categorical data
Handle missing data gracefully using multiple imputation
Identify and manage problematic data points
Employ parallelization and Rcpp to scale your analyses to larger data
Put best practices into effect to make your job easier and facilitate reproducibility
In DetailFrequently the tool of choice for academics, R has spread deep into the private sector and can be found in the production pipelines at some of the most advanced and successful enterprises. The power and domain-specificity of R allows the user to express complex analytics easily, quickly, and succinctly. With over 7,000 user contributed packages, it's easy to find support for the latest and greatest algorithms and techniques.
Starting with the basics of R and statistical reasoning, Data Analysis with R dives into advanced predictive analytics, showing how to apply those techniques to real-world data though with real-world examples.
Packed with engaging problems and exercises, this book begins with a review of R and its syntax. From there, get to grips with the fundamentals of applied statistics and build on this knowledge to perform sophisticated and powerful analytics. Solve the difficulties relating to performing data analysis in practice and find solutions to working with "messy data," large data, communicating results, and facilitating reproducibility.
This book is engineered to be an invaluable resource through many stages of anyone's career as a data analyst.
Style and approachLearn data analysis using engaging examples and fun exercises, and with a gentle and friendly but comprehensive "learn-by-doing" approach.