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R is an interactive programming language for statistics. The syntax is very idiosyncratic, and not really in a good way. Try R for programmers for a description. However it may have menudriven versions maybe available R commander we haven't tried that and another one is pmg GTK maybe here
In the lab we have the book Using R for Introductory Statistics. R_Statistics introduces you to R
Dani has posted some example code and graphs on his personal website.
R reference cheatsheet, also a file here Media:Matlabpythonxref.pdf that gives equivalent code for doing array operations in MATLAB, Python, and R plot parameters
There is a wiki with some good tips here. Also Data frame tips, list of R websites
Functions in R can only return one parameter.
dataframe stuff
Examining your data frame or object, let's say it's called datos
typeof(datos) #returns "list!" str(datos) #tells you it's a dataframe, number of observations, columns, etc head(datos) str(datos) summary(datos) #good for ggplot objects also
df$varWithExtraLevels = factor(df$varWithExtraLevels)
length(df) #number of columns of dataframe
names(df) #names of columns of dataframe
library(Hmisc); describe(df)
#Calling typeof() on a dataframe returns "list"
rm(objectToBeDeleted) rm(list = ls()) #Delete nearly everything in memory
expand.grid() to create dataframe with every combination of some factors
Check your counterbalancing in your results file. Make a contingency table,
table(dataRaw$speed,dataRaw$relPhaseOuterRing)
Creating Graphs (usu. ggplot2)
Good advice on graph choice, from human perceptual standpoint by Frank Harrell
In the lab we usually use the package, ggplot2, for graphs. Ask Sarah about the ggplot2 book.
For custom colour schemes, the Chart of R Colors is a helpful resource. The table with named colours is most useful.
ggplot2 tips:
#where 'g' is your ggplot object str(g) #gives you everything! summary(g) #gives a summary last_plot() #refreshes the last plot and returns the struct
p=p+scale_y_continuous(breaks=c(0,0.5,1),minor_breaks=c(.25,.75)) #changing axis breaks p=p+opts(title="onebehind errors") p=p+xlab('relative phase')
opts(panel.grid.minor = theme_blank())+
last_plot() + opts(panel.grid.minor = theme_line(colour = "black") )
facet_grid(.~subject) # rows~columns
g<g+stat_summary(fun.y=mean,geom="point",position="jitter") #getting jitter to work when you're collapsing across other variables with stat_summary
g=g+ stat_smooth(method="glm",family="binomial",fullrange=TRUE) #adds logistic smoother to plot #it's impossible to extract the function fits however because they're fit on the fly #how can I fit an arbitrary function, like a psychometric function, e.g. cumulative gaussian with chance rate and lapse rate? Logistic is restricted to 0>1
order used for scale mapping (color, etc.) is perhaps the order of the levels property of the vector. This gives bizarre results because R's sort(unique(x)) default does not alphabetize strings.
how I Holcombe:fit psychometric functions and bootstrap
Debugging in R
How to examine and try things with a questionable variable within a function?
ee << resultsMeans #make global, violating all principles of good coding #DEBUG STOP
After an error, calling traceback() gives you the stack
doing ANOVAs etc
R will assume factor is regressor if numeric
I think I had too many error terms reducing error terms
Anovas with repeated measures can be complicated in R.
We have some R books in the lab
Dealing with circular data
von Mises vs. wrapped Gaussian,
see Swindale, N. V. (1998). Orientation tuning curves: empirical description and estimation of parameters. Biol Cybern, 78(1), 4556.
Setting up a proxy in R on a Mac
The easiest way to set up a proxy is simply to create a file called ".Rprofile" (make sure the file does note have a .txt or .rtf extension. Textwrangler will automatically give it an extension, it may be best to create the file using Vi in a terminal  using emacs probably won't work) in your user directory (~ or /Users/username/) with the line:
Sys.setenv(http_proxy=”http://username:password@tcdproxy.tcd.ie:8080″)
Then restart R.
This information (and more) can be found on Ken Benoit's webpage
For Sydney Uni, use:
Sys.setenv(http_proxy=”http://wwwcache.usyd.edu.au:8080″)