Re: [R] MS Excel Data

From: diegol <>
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 10:15:14 -0800 (PST)

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> Why not read the 'R Data Import/Export' manual? It ships with R, or can
> be accessed from .

Dear Professor,

I'd like to make a suggestion.

When I first read some articles ands posts about R's wonderful capabilities, the first thing I tried to do is import some data to which I had fitted distributions in Excel, so I could compare the results with R. However, after reading "R Data Import/Export" and some other references (including the relevant parts of "Introduction to R"), I still found importing excruciatingly difficult and frustrating, and I believe that to be true for many people first approaching R. After a long while I did find the way around it; however, some time later I came across the R Commander package and GUI, which makes these simple tasks really simple.

My point is that such unexpected difficulties might deter beginners from ever considering R again. I believe that including a reference to the R Commander package in the "R Data Import/Export" document could be a step forward in this respect. Once the user becomes more familiar with R, they can spend some more time to learn programmed solutions to data importing.

Best regards.

Diego Mazzeo
Actuarial Science Student
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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