Have no fear, the screenshots are here! (For the original tutorial, click here)
Method 1 (less typing)
Part 1-Getting the Package onto Your Computer
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Today we are going to make additions to our R environment in a common process called installing packages. The transition won’t be as long, drastic nor emotional as an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, but it does add on more capabilities to your R environment.
A package is a bunch of codes combined and distributed through the different R mirrors/servers. Packages usually serve a specific function such as analyzing certain types of data or assisting in multi-server computing. Today, we are going to install ggplot2 and gplots, both of which are commonly used in creating different figures.
I will briefly enumerate the installation steps here which fall roughly into two parts. If you would like screenshots of the process in addition to the instructions, click here.
You will only need to do Part 1 once time on your computer. From now on, you only need to do Part 2 each time you close and restart R.
Use this method once you get more acquainted with the whole copy and paste business. It is much quicker than Method 1.
Again, you will only need to do Part 1 one time on your computer. From now on, you only need to do Part 2 each time you close and restart R.