Re: [R] MS Excel Data

From: Duncan Murdoch <murdoch_at_stats.uwo.ca>
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 http://cran.r-project.org/manuals.html .
>>

>
> 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 https://svn.r-project.org/R/trunk/doc/manual/R-data.texi (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



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