How to Install R 3.0 on a 32-bit Windows 7 System

I spent a few minutes installing R on my computer in anticipation of diving into Data Camp lessons and trying to run the HMDA example from Varian’s work.  Here are the steps that I followed:

  1. Download and Install R – I installed version 3.0.3
  2. Start up R – If you don’t know it’s “Start -> All Programs -> R -> R i386 3.0.3”
  3. Install the party & randomForest package – Inside R select “Packages -> Install package(s)…”  You will need to select a CRAN mirror.  I selected PA(1) because it is the closest to me.
  4. Install the Ecdat package – I had to do this one manually “Packages -> Install package(s) from local zip files…”

I also updated all the packages using “Packages -> Update Packages…”  I had previously downloaded the data.  Again I want to reiterate that making your “source code” available when doing statistical modeling is a wonderful practice.

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