Stat 552

Getting set up on your own computer

For ST552 we will RStudio as our integrated development environment (IDE) for R. It provides an uniform experience over all operating systems and has a nice built-in editor.

RStudio and R are also available in your lab computer room and in the main computer lab in the basement of Milne.

Follow these instructions to get R and RStudio. There are three steps, complete them all.

Step One: Install R for your operating system.



  • Click on the “Download R for Windows” link
  • Click on the “base” link
  • Click “Download R 3.2.2 for Windows” (or whatever version is displayed at the top of the page)
  • Open the downloaded file and install R


  • Click on the “Download R for Mac OS X” link
  • Click on first “R-3.2.2.pkg” link.
  • Open the downloaded file and install R


  • Click on the “Download R for Linux” link
  • You are own your own…

Step Two: Install RStudio for your operating system


Download the recommended version, open the file and install RStudio.

Step Three: Get some packages we will need

Run RStudio. In the “Console”, type

install.packages(c("Sleuth3", "ggplot2", "faraway"))

You might be asked Would you like to create a personal library'~/Library/R/**/library' to install packages into? (y/n) It’s a good idea, type y.

You should be good to go! Test everything by copying and pasting the following into the console:

qplot(Sex, Salary, data = case0102, geom = "boxplot")

You should see a side by side boxplot.