The survey package is one of R’s best tools for those working in the social sciences. For many, it saves you from needing to use commercial software for research that uses survey data. However, it lacks one function that many academic researchers often need to report in publications: correlations. The svycor function in jtools (more info) helps to fill that gap.
There are a lot of reasons to use R instead of my field’s standby software, SPSS. With that said, I won’t get into them here. Instead, I just want to talk about a few things in R that might help a beginner get the hang of it.