#### Overview of this book

This cookbook offers a range of data analysis samples in simple and straightforward R code, providing step-by-step resources and time-saving methods to help you solve data problems efficiently. The first section deals with how to create R functions to avoid the unnecessary duplication of code. You will learn how to prepare, process, and perform sophisticated ETL for heterogeneous data sources with R packages. An example of data manipulation is provided, illustrating how to use the “dplyr” and “data.table” packages to efficiently process larger data structures. We also focus on “ggplot2” and show you how to create advanced figures for data exploration. In addition, you will learn how to build an interactive report using the “ggvis” package. Later chapters offer insight into time series analysis on financial data, while there is detailed information on the hot topic of machine learning, including data classification, regression, clustering, association rule mining, and dimension reduction. By the end of this book, you will understand how to resolve issues and will be able to comfortably offer solutions to problems encountered while performing data analysis.
R for Data Science Cookbook
Credits
www.PacktPub.com
Preface
Free Chapter
Functions in R
Data Preprocessing and Preparation
Visualizing Data with ggplot2
Making Interactive Reports
Simulation from Probability Distributions
Statistical Inference in R
Time Series Mining with R
Index

## Selecting columns with dplyr

In the last recipe, we introduced how to use the filter and slice functions to subset and slice data by rows. In this recipe, we will present how to select particular columns from the dataset using the select function.

Ensure that you completed the Enhancing a data.frame with a data.table recipe to load purchase_view.tab and purchase_order.tab as both data.frame and data.table into your R environment.

You also need to make sure that you have a version of R higher than 3.1.2 installed on your operating system.

### How to do it…

Perform the following steps to select columns from the dataset:

1. First, let's select the Quantity and Price columns from the dataset:

> select.quantity.price <-  select(order.dt, Quantity, Price)