Summary: INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICAL MODELLING IN R
P.M.E.Altham, Statistical Laboratory, University of Cambridge.
March 2, 2011
R is available as Free Software under the terms of the Free Software Foundation's GNU General
Public License in source code form.
R is powerful and highly developed (and very similar in syntax to S-Plus).
The originators of R are R.Gentleman and R.Ihaca from New Zealand, and the R home page is at
R runs on PC and UNIX systems and can be retrieved via anonymous ftp. If you want to get hold
of R for yourself, go to
or use the link on my homepage.
Special thanks must go to Professor Jim Lindsey for launching me into R, to Dr R.J.Gibbens for his
help in introducing me to S-plus, and also to Professor B.D.Ripley for access to his S-plus lecture
notes. Several generations of keen and critical students for the Cambridge University Diploma in
Mathematical Statistics (a 1-year graduate course, which from October 1998 was replaced by the
MPhil in Statistical Science) have made helpful suggestions which have improved these worksheets.
Readers are warmly encouraged to tell me of any further corrections or suggestions for improve-