# The R environment for statistical computing and graphics

R is a freely available programming language and software environment for statistical computing and graphics.

The environment is extensible by means of packages freely avaiable on the CRAN network.

# Starting points

- The R Project for Statistical Computing homepage
- The R Manuals
- Alphabetical listing of CRAN R packages
- The R Journal. The Journal featurs a selection of articles intended for a wider audience while showcasing the applications of R.

## Installing and using R

Basic usage requires a *base* installation of R to your operating system. A development platform, like RStudio, expands on the base functionality with productivity tools and a modern interface (consol interface, syntax highlighting, direct code execution, etc.)