The following are the instructions from Stefan Th. Gries and Harald
Baayen, concerning how to set things up to be able to use R at the
pre-conference workshop. Note that you will want to have a laptop
with you to participate fully in the workshop. If you have questions
about any of the following instructions,
please contact Stefan
Th. Gries directly.
My understanding is you will bring
your laptop computers and, in this email, I would like to give you
some information that should help you get set up for the workshop.
1. Installation of R (base)
a) Download R from the websites listed below (depending on your
- Windows users: <http://cran.r-project.org/bin/windows/base/R-2.6.2-win32.exe>
- Mac OSX users: <http://cran.r-project.org/bin/macosx/>
- Linux users choose their distribution at:
b) Installation: well, whatever your OS requires (if prompted,
choose complete installation into the suggested standard directory)
c) Installation of packages
- start R;
- enter this (without the single quotes): 'chooseCRANmirror()' and
choose "Austria" (and click "OK" if necessary);
- enter this (without double quotes): 'install.packages("languageR")';
- enter this (without double quotes): 'install.packages("gsubfn")'.
Depending on your setup R will probably download more packages than
these two, but that's fine, these are packages these two depend on.
2. Data files for my corpus linguistics part
a) Create a folder on your computer for the workshop files. It
should be one with a short path so maybe (on Windows machines) <C:/R_AACL/>.
b) Go to the workshop website at
c) Download the seven files from the section 'Data files to download'
into the directory created/specified in 2b) onto your computer.
This should make it easer for me to start the workshop without much
delay; while I included a package that I suspected Harald would want
to use, he may send you some other instructions or links with regard
to his forthcoming textbook, too.
If there are any problems with the above, please do let me know. You
may also wish to check out the website of my forthcoming book from
which some of the materials I will use have been taken:
The section "Case Studies: assignments" contains some more advanced
examples of what R is able to offer.