# conversion to base-R numbers

I am reading Algorithms 4th edition by Robert Sedgewick and am stumped at a particular problem. On page 460 of the book the author is describing a technique to hash strings and use prime numbers for modular hashing. Starting from the fourth line:

 If R is greater than any character value, this computation would
be equivalent to treating the String as an N-digit base-R integer,
computing the remainder that results when dividing that number by M.


Where the algorithm being used to hash a N-character long String is:

int hash = 0;
for (int i = 0; i < s.length(); i++)
hash = (R * hash + s.charAt(i)) % M;


How does the above algorithm result in a base-R integer?

Here M and R are integers (random) and s is the string of length N.

I am assuming that by the 'above computation' the author means the computation within the parentheses => R*hash + s.charAt(i)