Free Version

When I started learning R, as a SAS and SPSS user, I found it quite alien. SAS and SPSS are structured very similarly, and I wasted a lot of time trying to get R to work in their style. As I learned, I wrote extensive notes to myself. I eventually posted them online as R for SAS and SPSS Users. To my surprise, a counter showed that those notes were soon getting 10,000 hits a month. Although I’m no longer maintaining them, this early version of my book is still available here. The book version of R for SAS and SPSS Users is a greatly expanded version of this document, and many of the examples are now available on this web site. Have fun learning R! 

-Bob Muenchen

12 thoughts on “Free Version”

    1. If you use the SPSS graphical user interface, take a look at the “Deducer Manual” link in the “Blogroll” on the right-hand side. If you program in SPSS, read the free version of “R for SAS and SPSS Users” that on the “Books” menu. Then look over the many examples that are done using using SPSS and R on the “Examples” menu so you can see how they compare. Also take a look at the Blogroll for web sites that do similar things, such as Quick-R. Subscribing to is also a great way to learn more about R.

  1. Hi Bob,
    Is there any chance you could provide a similar link to an early (free) version of the book for ‘R for Stata’ here too?
    Many thanks,

  2. Hi Bob,

    I’ve clicked the link but it looks like the item no longer exists. Are you still making this available?

    This looks like an amazing resource!


    1. Sorry for the slow reply, I’ve been insanely busy! The free version is back online. Thanks for reporting it missing. Cheers, Bob

  3. I am very surprised that I still can find and download this book online. When I was a doctoral student from 2004 to 2009, I used to refer to this book to learn R programming for my dissertation research. Now in 2021 I have been a faculty member several years, and I introduce this book to my advised student. Thanks for your great contributions.

    1. Hi Jojo,

      I’m glad you still find it useful. The full book version covers far more material and if your school library has subscribed to the Springer e-book collection, they may all be able to download a copy there for free too. Thanks for writing!


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