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Announcing R Without Statistics

David Keyes David Keyes
April 4th, 2022

n early 2020, I started to have conversations with publishers about doing a book on R. I was excited about the possibility, but wasn't exactly sure what the book would be about. Then COVID came and, with two young kids at home, writing a book was not going to happen.

In the two years since then, I had a lot of time to think about what type of R book I am uniquely placed to write. By last fall, I had a decent idea: a book that highlights all of the ways you can use R that don't involve complex statistics (i.e. all of the ways that I personally use and get value from R).

In early 2022, I had conversations with several publishers about this book project. I'm delighted to announce that I have signed a contract with No Starch Press, publishers of "the finest in geek entertainment," to write R Without Statistics.

One thing I wanted in publishing R Without Statistics is to have a freely available version online. This model (free online version with a paid print version) is common within the R community (e.g. R for Data Science). I have learned so much from resources that others have made freely available and it is important to me to give back.

There are two places you can go to learn more about R Without Statistics:

  1. There is a landing page with general information about the book at I’ll add more to this as the book gets closer to publication (hopefully) next year.

  2. You can read the book itself at You’ll see the chapters laid out, which should give you a sense of what I’ll cover in R Without Statistics. The cool thing is, any time I add content to the book, it will update on this website. I’ve only worked on the introduction so far, but if you’re interested, give that a read!

I’ll be working on the book throughout 2022 and will provide updates along the way. I’ll be back soon with information about how I’m writing this book using the bookdown package. I’ll show you how you can provide feedback and even propose changes to the book. And I’ll, of course, provide updates as I add new content to the book itself.

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