One of my vivid memories of learning to use R was the frustration of trying to find help when things went wrong: confusing error messages, long help files, and trying to find help online. In this chapter we'll introduce R help files and discuss strategies for finding help online.
One thing to remember - R is not like much software that is designed to do specific tasks - R is a language, an environment for analysis, etc. As a result it is often the case that there is more than one way to do almost anything in R. This means that when we ask "how do I do X in R" we have to figure out how which of several methods makes the most sense. We'll work with Chapter 5 of Essential R.
- Access the help files in R
- Use the example code from help files
- Use RSeek to search for help on topics