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3.9: Using R Libraries

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  • Many of the useful features in R are not contained in the primary R package, but instead come from libraries that have been developed by various members of the R community. For example, the ggplot2 package provides a number of features for visualizing data, as we will see in a later chapter. Before we can use a package, we need to install it on our system, using the install.packages() function:

    > install.packages("ggplot2")
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    This will automatically download the package from the Comprehensive R Archive Network (CRAN) and install it on your system. Once it’s installed, you can then load the library using the library() function:

    > library(ggplot2)

    After loading the function, you can now access all of its features. If you want to learn more about its features, you can find them using the help function:

    > help(ggplot2)
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