Book Review: R in a Nutshell


R is a popular tool among data scientists because it’s just like a Swiss Army knife (or may be more!) for them!

R Language Data scientist swiss army knife tool

Analogy credit: Tapping the Data Deluge with R by Jeffrey Breen

Sometime back I worked on a research project that involved writing some R code – we were searching for tools ways to pull data from multiple social networks, perform text analysis and create effective data visualizations. R seemed like a great tool & so I was searching for a book/guides that teaches me fundamentals I needed to know to get few R related things done. One of the books that I used often during the research project was “R in nutshell”. I didn’t read it cover-to-cover but it was a great reference book for me. I used to read guides online/other-books and then I used to combine information from this book to get stuff done. The section I liked the most was on Data visualization which included some great code snippets to create effective data visualization using ggplot2 library. I used to take code snippets from this book & apply it on data-sets that I had.

text analysis sentiment

Fun stuff!

Also, I liked it that the book has some end-to-end examples that cover the entire life cycle of data analysis/statistical-analysis.


I recommend this book as a “reference” for someone who started working with R.


I received a copy of this book as part of OREILLY’s Blogger program. Thanks OREILLY! If you are a blogger, you should check out that program!

One thought on “Book Review: R in a Nutshell

  1. Data visualization sure is the key for many things. Its not just saving time in reading at all. Creativity comes with the concept in which these graphics are draw to represent data. Data visualization should be a separate subject that should be taught in schools k-12.

    Data Visualization Expert

    Shalin @ Creately

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