#### 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

## Sampling from a normal distribution

From observing real-world data, we may determine that most data follows a normal distribution. That is to say, when we use a density curve (or histogram) to plot the data, we should see it as bell-shaped. As this kind of distribution is so commonly seen in nature or social science, scientists often use a normal distribution to represent real-value random variables from an unknown distribution. In this recipe, we will demonstrate how R generates samples from a normal distribution.

In this recipe, you need to prepare your environment with R installed.

### How to do it…

Please perform the following steps to generate samples from a normal distribution:

1. First, you can use the `rnorm` function to generate `30` and `1000` samples from a normal distribution:

```> set.seed(123)
> data1 <- rnorm(30)
> data2 <- rnorm(1000)
```
2. We can then use the `hist` function to plot the histogram of `data1` and `data2`:

```> par(mfrow = c(1,2))
> hist(data1, main="30 samples...```