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An Introduction to R

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System Dynamics Modeling with R

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This chapter introduces R, a dialect of the S language, which was developed at Bell Laboratories. R’s inventor Dr. John Chambers was awarded the 1998 Association of Computing Machinery Software award. In its citation, the ACM noted that S will forever alter the way people analyze, visualize, and manipulate data. R’s mission is to enable the best and most thorough exploration of data possible. R is open-source software (GNU General Public License), and has statistical, data manipulation, and visualization libraries. R is a functional programming language, where software programs are organized into functions that can be invoked to transform data. This chapter describes key R elements, including vectors, lists, matrices, data frames and functions. It concludes by presenting a system dynamics model of customer growth, which is implemented using the deSolve open source package. Appendix A summarizes the installation process for R, and the reader is recommended to work through this chapter using the R Studio console, so that the short examples can be executed.

Exploration is our mission; we and those who use our software want to find new paths to understand the data and the underlying processes.

John M. Chambers, Software for Data Analysis (2008, p. 3).

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Duggan, J. (2016). An Introduction to R. In: System Dynamics Modeling with R. Lecture Notes in Social Networks. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-34043-2_2

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