Re: [R] R editor vs. Tinn-R

From: Bert Gunter <gunter.berton_at_gene.com>
Date: Fri 12 Jan 2007 - 20:41:04 GMT


Thierry:

Instead of discussing this odd behaviour of TINN-R, I would prefer a discussion on importing data through the clipboard. In my opinion it isn't a good a idea to import data with the clipboard. I know that it's a quick and dirty way to get your data fast into R. But I see two major drawbacks. First of all you have no chance of checking what data you imported. This is important when you need to check your results a few days (weeks, months or even years) later. A second drawback is that you won't feel the need to store your data in an orderly fashion. Which often leads to a huge pile of junk, instead of a valuable dataset...


I do not understand this. I do this all the time, easily check the data in R (which has all sorts of powerful capabilities to do this), and easily store the data as part of the .Rdata file that also contains functions, transformations, analyses, etc. that I have used on the data. I do not know what is more orderly and useful than that! So would you care to elaborate?....

Bert Gunter
Genentech Nonclinical Statistics
South San Francisco, CA 94404



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