ROOT for beginners

ROOT is a software framework for data analysis, a powerful tool to cope with the demanding tasks typical of state of the art scientific data analysis. Among its prominent features are an advanced graphical user interface, ideal for interactive analysis, an interpreter for the C++ programming language, for rapid and efficient prototyping and a persistency mechanism for C++ objects, used also to write every year petabytes of data recorded by the Large Hadron Collider experiments. This introductory guide illustrates the main features of ROOT, relevant for the typical problems of data analysis: input and plotting of data from measurements and fitting of analytical functions.