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Author Topic: Learning R and/or Python  (Read 1484 times)

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Offline DarklingAliceTopic starter

Learning R and/or Python
« on: June 19, 2011, 12:14:38 AM »
Not a computer problem exactly, but still probably fits here:

In the post-master's degree era of my life I am doing my best to constantly keep adding interesting skills to my curriculum vitae. Having spent the last week or so gaining a basic proficiency in IBM/SPSS, I am realizing more and more the utility of statistical software for bioinformatics.

So I want to take the next step and learn how to assemble simple programs to deal with mathematic/statistic problems and have had both R and Python recommended to me. My question is: where do I begin? If anyone knows of a good place to start (with a very basic knowledge of computer science) I would be most appreciative. Obviously free online resources are the best, but I am also pretty adept at tracking down books.


Offline Vekseid

Re: Learning R and/or Python
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2011, 03:40:10 PM »
Python is designed as a learner's language. I learned it by grabbing a project I was fond of and improving on it. It's very easy to pick up on, but diving in has always been my preference. It also has nicely extensive online documentation.

Not at all familiar with R though, sorry : /

Offline DarklingAliceTopic starter

Re: Learning R and/or Python
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2011, 01:57:03 AM »
Thank you! Exactly the sort of thing I needed and was somehow failing to find on my own.

Offline WhiteyChan

Re: Learning R and/or Python
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2011, 03:33:29 AM »
If you need any help with Python, I can probably help, I've got quite a bit of experience with it now.