As a psychologist, the software I have used for much of my career when analysing statistics is, of course, SPSS. Its simplicity has meant SPSS has been quite a good friend over the years. However, the friendship is (almost) over. There’s a new “best friend” for this researcher: R.
R is a free (yep, FREE) software environment for statistical computing. Although that description might sound intimidating, do not let it put you off. I love R. No, I REALLY mean it. Since I’ve been using R, my statistical life has become a dream. The beauty of R is that you can do almost ANYTHING you want to with it (it doesn’t make coffee, although a package might be available for that someday; hey, I can dream, can’t I?). Continue reading