Getting Help

Learning a new software is like learning a new language, and some functions or commands will be like unknown words. An important function in R is help. For example, if we wanted to know how exactly to use the sum function, we could type help(sum). You will see the results in the bottom-right panel.


or by using the question mark sign (?)



How to use the help page

All help pages, like the one shown above, follow the same structure.

Name Value
Description A brief description of the function
Usage The complete syntax that includes all possible functions
Arguments A brief explanation of all arguments
Details Any relevant detail related to the function and its arguments
Value The output values of the function
Examples Examples of how to use the function