I’m asked from time to time for references on statistics. I’m going to start posting up some links and references in a Page (see right frame). Here’s one that I noticed which is both an excellent introduction to R and to statistics. John Verzani, Using R for Introductory Statistics The nice thing about R packages is that you can results almost instantaneously and get a feel for what’s going on. Then you’ve got some motivation for the theoretical aspects. Unfortunately, things are usually taught the other wat around. R texts have a style that I really like – with the text often being a running comentary on the programming, with actual program lines being shown in the text.
Another package that I noticed and looks nice: Grant Farnsworth, Econometrics in R, Econometrics has been far more attentive to autocorrelation issues than paleoclimate, but the data issues have a lot in common.