How to Access Alternative Resources for Help with R

Sometimes getting help with R requires you to be a little creative. You may need to access resources that are not on your traditional list of where you usually find help. However, the following options can be valuable in getting you the help you need.

Discuss R on Stack Overflow and Stack Exchange

Stack Exchange is a popular website where people can ask and answer questions on a variety of topics. It’s really a network of sites. Two of the Stack Exchange sites have substantial communities of people asking and answering questions about R:

  • Stack Overflow: Here, people discuss programming questions in a variety of programming languages, such as C++, Java, and R.

  • CrossValidated: Here, people discuss topics related to statistics and data visualization. Because R really excels at these tasks, there is a growing community of R coders on CrossValidated.

Both of these sites use tags to identify topics that are discussed. Both sites use the [r] tag to identify questions about R. To find these questions, navigate to the Tags section on the page and type r in the search box.

Tweet about R

If you want to join the discussion about R on Twitter, follow and use the hashtag #rstats. This hashtag attracts discussion from a wide variety of people, including bloggers, package authors, professional R developers, and other interested parties.