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Read R in action -Prerequisite

 
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Hi Robert,
I am a java programmer and working in this industry for last 10 years. However as I can see the technology focus is changing everyday towards Big data and Analytics. With respect to that I have the following questions to you:

1. To move into analytic domain as beginner what are the prerequisite that I need to complete?
2. Do I need to a have details statistical knowledge before getting in Analytic?
3. Will this book be suitable for a beginner like us?

If you please help me with your guidance that will be really helpful.

Regards
Bijesh
 
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Hi Bijesh,

I am getting questions like this more and more frequently. If you are new to analytics, I would suggest taking the free Data Science sequence at Coursera. The courses are quite good and will give you a sense of what you need. In the past I would have said that a formal education in math and statistics is necessary, but I no longer believe that that is true. I wrote R in Action for beginners. It will take you pretty far, and has lots of material for advanced users, but there shouldn't be any barriers for people new to the field. I don't assume any particular prerequisites.

Rob
 
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I can bolster Robert's post as I remember doing a Data Sciences course in Coursera last year which had R programming as one of the course as part of the specialization! In that sense, I would say there is no any special pre-requisite other than knowing how to write code!
 
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Hi Rob,

Thanks a lot for your response. I will follow your instruction and will also try to go through the book "R in Action"

Thanks a lot!!

Regards
Bijesh
 
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