1.3 Using R
In my primary years, analysis in R took me longer than it would take to do the same analysis in something like Excel. And that’s okay. R is a complicated and flexible system, and so your first analysis piece will never be particularly efficient. As you stick with it however, and you get used to the methods of automation and a pipeline of execution, you’ll find yourself working much more efficiently, performing analyses in half the time. And that’s what I hope I can impart with this book; it’ll be slow at first, but you’ll notice a turning point when you complete your first analysis project in a decent timescale and you’ll never look back. Then, before long, you’ll have a repertoire of analysis tools at your disposal that make you a crucial member of any data analysis team.
And so in this book we’re going to look at some of the common tasks that one might decide to do in R. Keep in mind though that we can’t cover everything, so just because it’s not in the book doesn’t mean that it can’t be done!