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Installing R on Windows

R is an open source software platform for data manipulation, statistical computing, calculation, analytics, and graphics.  It provides a wide variety of statistical/mathematical and high-quality graphical capabilities.  Some of the statistical capabilities include linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, time-series analysis, classification, and clustering, and more.
You will find R useful in Analytics and Business Intelligence environments where data needs to be analyzed to uncover patterns or for better understanding and help make predictions and decisions.
In this post, we cover the installation of R.

To get started, go to http://www.r-project.org.

Click the “download R” link (underlined in yellow below).
rprojectorg

Choose the CRAN (Comprehensive R Archive Network) mirror location closest to you.
ChooseBestLocation

Choose the version for your install computer’s operating system (OS). In this example, we are installing on Windows – so we chose “Download R for Windows”.
R_ChooseOS

Assuming this is your first install, click “base” or “Install R for the first time”.
R_Install

Then, click “Download R 3.4.1 for Windows” (or whatever the appropriate version is at the time)
R_download

After the download is complete, go to the download directory, and double-click the R exe to run it.
R_run_exe

Choose your language
R_install_lang

Click Next
R_install_welcome_2

Review the license agreement, click Next
R_install_license_3

Accept the default directory or enter/select a new one.
R_install_dir_4

Select the components you want.  If your PC is 32-bit, then unselect 64-bit if it is shown as an option.  If your PC is 64-bit, you can install both 32-bit and 64-bit (default) or choose one of them.
R_install_components_5

Choose No and click Next (unless you want to customize the startup options for R, but this can be done later)
R_install_startup_6

Click Next
R_install_start_menu_folder_7

Choose Icon and Registry options
R_install_additional_8

Installing
R_install_installing_9

Click Finish to complete the installation
R_install_complete_10

Desktop and Quick Launch icons
R_install_desktop_icons     R_install_quicklaunch_icons

Run R.
R_install_runR

Next, we’ll cover installing RStudio.

Good luck on your R journey.

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One Response to Installing R on Windows

  1. Pingback: Installing RStudio on Windows | Business Intelligence - technology, solutions, and resources

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