The R Programming Language

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We will be using the R programming language in many examples and problem sets in this course. This document provides instructions on installing the software and accessing online resources for R. The R mothership is

Getting the Software

R is available for free for most platforms including Mac, Windows, and Linux. You may download R from the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) by first selecting one of the many mirror sites at For example, you may go to the Berkeley mirror: and then follow the instructions for your platform.

R Studio – a smooth RIDE

We recommend that you install the R Studio software, which is an Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for R. The main site for R Studio is The download site is

Learning to program in R

There are numerous online resources for learning R. We can recommend the following.

R in the Zoo

The undergraduate computing facility (the zoo) supports R, R Studio, and swirl.

As of: 07/24/2015 02:21 PM