Learn, by example, the fundamentals of data analysis as well as several intermediate to advanced methods and techniques ranging from classification and regression to Bayesian methods and MCMC, which can be put to immediate use.
Analyze your data using R – the most powerful statistical programming language
Learn how to implement applied statistics using practical use-cases
Use popular R packages to work with unstructured and structured data
Frequently the tool of choice for academics, R has spread deep into the private sector and can be found in the production pipelines at some of the most advanced and successful enterprises. The power and domain-specificity of R allows the user to express complex analytics easily, quickly, and succinctly.
Starting with the basics of R and statistical reasoning, this book dives into advanced predictive analytics, showing how to apply those techniques to real-world data though with real-world examples.
Packed with engaging problems and exercises, this book begins with a review of R and its syntax with packages like Rcpp, ggplot2, and dplyr. From there, get to grips with the fundamentals of applied statistics and build on this knowledge to perform sophisticated and powerful analytics. Solve the difficulties relating to performing data analysis in practice and find solutions to working with messy data, large data, communicating results, and facilitating reproducibility.
This book is engineered to be an invaluable resource through many stages of anyone's career as a data analyst.
What you will learn
Gain a thorough understanding of statistical reasoning and sampling theory
Employ hypothesis testing to draw inferences from your data
Learn Bayesian methods for estimating parameters
Train regression, classification, and time series models
Handle missing data gracefully using multiple imputation
Identify and manage problematic data points
Learn how to scale your analyses to larger data with Rcpp, data.table, dplyr, and parallelization
Put best practices into effect to make your job easier and facilitate reproducibility
Who this book is for
Budding data scientists and data analysts who are new to the concept of data analysis, or who want to build efficient analytical models in R will find this book to be useful. No prior exposure to data analysis is needed, although a fundamental understanding of the R programming language is required to get the best out of this book.
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