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Install & Configure

Install R from your preferred CRAN mirror.

For a backport of the latest stable version of R to jessie, simply add something like

deb http://<favourite-cran-mirror>/bin/linux/debian jessie-cran3/

deb-src <favourite-cran-mirror>/bin/linux/debian jessie-cran3/

to the file /etc/apt/sources.list on your computer. You need to substitute <favourite-cran-mirror> by one of the mirror URLs listed in the mirror list.

The Debian backports archives on CRAN are signed with the key of Johannes Ranke (CRAN Debian archive) <jranke@uni-bremen.de> with key ID 381BA480. You can fetch and import this with

$ apt-key adv --keyserver keys.gnupg.net --recv-key 381BA480

Then install the newest R release including recommended packages

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install r-base

You may want to install the automatically tuned Atlas or the multi-threaded OpenBlas library in order to get higher performance for linear algebra operations

# Atlas
$ sudo apt-get install libatlas3-base

# OpenBlas library
$ sudo apt-get install libopenblas-base

The R packages part of r-base and r-recommended are installed into the directory /usr/lib/R/library. These can be updated using usual package maintenance tools like apt-get or aptitude.

The other R packages available as precompiled Debian packages r-cran-* and r-bioc-* are installed into /usr/lib/R/site-library

Finally install RStudio from [2] and all the packages you need from the RStudio tool!

Check the Task Views and contribute to it:

Data import & export

PostgreSQL/PostGIS connection

Applied Spatial Data Analysis with R

  • Roger S. Bivand, Edzer J. Pebesma and V. Gómez-Rubio. UseR! Series, Springer, 2008, 378 p., Softcover ISBN: 978-0-387-78170-9

Spatial Point Pattern Analysis


Areal Data and Spatial Autocorrelation