Re: [R] MS Excel Data

From: Duncan Murdoch <>
Date: Sat, 08 Dec 2007 13:32:12 -0500

On 08/12/2007 1:15 PM, diegol wrote:
> 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.

Why not write one? The source to that manual is available at (in texinfo format). If you don't know how to handle the format, don't worry: for a small change, you can just treat it like plain text.

If you email me a suggested patch I'll see about updating the manual.

Duncan Murdoch mailing list PLEASE do read the posting guide and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code. Received on Sat 08 Dec 2007 - 18:39:17 GMT

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