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A Kinder, Gentler R - An Easier to Install Version of R for the Windows Platform
By Dr. Rich Herrington, Research and Statistical Support Services Manager
This month we provide a pre-installed, pre-configured version of R for the Windows platform in a compressed, self-extracting zip file. The following is an excerpt from the R website http://www.r-project.org:
R Installation for Windows Platform
R can be be downloaded and installed from the CRAN website. However, some effort is needed to choose which packages to install; there are helper packages that provide GUI support; and there are some configuration steps that make using R more convenient. Rather than illustrate the installation procedure of downloading and installing packages and configuring the Rprofile and Rconsole files, we have provided a preinstalled/preconfigured image of R in a self-extracting ZIP file. You can download this file from the RSS server at the following location: http://www.unt.edu/rss/R_cd/R.exe . This file is approximately 700 megabytes, so you might want to have a DSL or Cable internet connection. If you don't have an internet connection with a large bandwidth, then you can pick up a CD free of charge at the UNT bookstore (tradebooks - where UNT software is sold).
The R.exe File
The R.exe file is a single file that installs a preconfigured version of R (2.1.1) onto your C: hard-drive in the directory "C:\R". This installation of R includes all of the packages on the CRAN website as of Sept. 2005. Additionally, the "Tinn-R" text editor and "R Commander" GUI are installed and R is preconfigured to start these whenever R is started. To start R, browse to the C:\R directory and click the shortcut icon which appears as a "blue R". Additionally, some other open source statistical software are installed and preconfigured in the R directory as well (e.g. Mx, LEM). In subsequent RSS Matters articles, I will introduce readers to these other open source statistical tools. In the near future, we will have a CD of training AVI training videos that instruct users on using R and other open source statistical software. As an example, a link is provided below that has an AVI video instructing users how to install the R CD.
An AVI media file that introduces users to the installation of R for Windows.