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Searching online for information about R

Igor Mechnikov
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Joined: Feb 13, 2011
Posts: 100


I find that because its name is very terse R can be a difficult subject to search.
A language with more searchable name such as 'Erlang' or 'Clojure' may not have the same problem.
Google does give results right away, but I find it difficult looking through forums such as, or as another example.
Do you have any suggestions how to make online searches for R information more fruitful.



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Robert Kabacoff
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Joined: Mar 28, 2011
Posts: 33
Hi Igor,

I often find the best results when I put R at the end of the search phrase. For example, in Google you might try phrases like

  • linear models in R
  • creating graphics with R
  • importing data into R
  • embedding R in other applications
  • etc.

  • The R Site Search allows you to search through the R documentation and the extensive R-help mail archives online.
    subject: Searching online for information about R
    It's not a secret anymore!