This whole story started in the summer of 2015. I was taking a late night swim on the Bodensee in Konstanz and saw a rusty object sticking out of the water. Upon digging it out, I realised it was an ancient usb-stick with the word YaRrr inscribed on the side. Intrigued, I brought it home and plugged it into my laptop. Inside the stick, I found a single pdf file written entirely in pirate. After watching several pirate movies (ok, maybe just the Goonies 10,000 times), I learned enough pirate to begin translating the text to English. Sure enough, the book turned out to be an introduction to R called The Pirate’s Guide to R.
This book clearly has both massive historical and pedagogical significance. Most importantly, it turns out that pirates were programming in R well before the earliest known advent of computers. Of slightly less significance is that the book has turned out to be a surprisingly up-to-date and approachable introductory text to R. For both of these reasons, I felt it was my duty to share the book with the world.
You can access the latest version of the e-book by clicking the link above. If you need help getting to sleep, you can watch the accompanying YouTube lectures here: Click here to see the YouTube lectures.
Enjoy the book? Click the link to help to keep it going by helping me pay off pirate school debt!
I am a huge proponent of open source software (like R) and open science. So a version of this book will always be freely available! That said, pirate college was not, so I have more than a few all-too-real student loans I’d love to get rid of. So if you like the book, and want to see it get even better with more pirate-speak and terrible jokes, consider throwing some coins my way which will go straight to paying off my (again, very real) student debt by clicking the image below! Much obliged!