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Other titles in the Chapman & Hall/CRC the R series:
Introduction to Scientific Programming and Simulation Using Rby Owen Jones
Synopses & Reviews
Known for its versatility, the free programming language R is widely used for statistical computing and graphics, but is also a fully functional programming language well suited to scientific programming.
An Introduction to Scientific Programming and Simulation Using R teaches the skills needed to perform scientific programming while also introducing stochastic modelling. Stochastic modelling in particular, and mathematical modelling in general, are intimately linked to scientific programming because the numerical techniques of scientific programming enable the practical application of mathematical models to real-world problems.
Following a natural progression that assumes no prior knowledge of programming or probability, the book is organised into four main sections:
In the last section, stochastic modelling is introduced using extensive case studies on epidemics, inventory management, and plant dispersal. A tried and tested pedagogic approach is employed throughout, with numerous examples, exercises, and a suite of practice projects. Unlike most guides to R, this volume is not about the application of statistical techniques, but rather shows how to turn algorithms into code. It is for those who want to make tools, not just use them.
Book News Annotation:
The textbook is for a one-year undergraduate course introducing scientific programming and stochastic modeling to science, engineering, or business students who have completed or are concurrently taking a first-year university-level calculus course. No previous knowledge of programming or probability is assumed. They integrate programming and probability right from the start. Assuming their students are more interested making tools rather than just using them, they do not explain the programming features of the R programming language, just how to turn algorithms into code. A software package is available with most of the code and data in the text. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The free programming language R is widely used for statistical computing and graphics, but is also a fully functional programming language well suited to scientific programming. This introduction teaches the skills needed to perform scientific programming while also introducing stochastic modeling.
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