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A brief guide to the open source statistical software, R.

R @ Wellesley

Installing R

R is free and open source software for Macs, PCs, and Linux. Find installation information here: PCs | Macs
Watch a video guide to installing R.
R is also available on all classroom and lab computers on campus.

For help installing R, visit the Help Desk in Clapp Library or email

R Studio

RStudio is a user interface for R that organizes the windows that you see while using R. We recommend that Windows users install both R and RStudio, as the default R interface on Windows is not user-friendly. RStudio is also particularly helpful for those who are used to Stata. The program is free and open source, and installers are available on the above Mac and PC pages.

RStudio Anatomy Tutorial