[ESS] Is there a simple newbie guide to using knitr in ESS
spinuvit at gmail.com
Sun Feb 10 17:01:44 CET 2013
As far as I am concerned, this is the only must-do for ESS 13.03. I have
finally resumed working on a new literate programming system for
ESS. Will do my best to get it into 13.03.
>> Steve Lianoglou <mailinglist.honeypot at gmail.com>
>> on Sun, 10 Feb 2013 10:48:22 -0500 wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> Last I checked, I'm pretty sure that the only kintr support in ESS is
> to have Sweave (*.Rnw) be piped through knitr instead of sweave for
> compilation of the semi-tex -> tex -> output.
> I would love to be told that I'm wrong, but it's my impression that
> Rmarkdown files are not really supported.
> As an alternative, I believe others have suggested to use org/babel,
> which *should* get you pretty close to an Rmarkdown-like document:
> If I were a better person, I would have gone that route myself, but
> I've been using a different editor (Sublime Text 2) to whip up
> Rmarkdown documents.
> On Sun, Feb 10, 2013 at 10:36 AM, Chris Evans <chrishold at psyctc.org> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I am very keen to switch to knitr and a better literate statistics way of
>> using R. I have been a long term user of emacs though never emacs lisp and a
>> fairly long term (a decade?) user of ESS to handle R. I have never managed
>> the switch two sweave both because I've equally never made the switch to TeX
>> mainly because in my substantive field sadly everyone uses M$ Word documents
>> and the learning curve for TeX on top R was just too much for me.
>> KnitR seems much easier for me to use and the HTML output (or PDF) is OK if
>> not ideal for sharing with colleagues and collaborators so I started using it
>> in Rstudio but I have yearned to come back to ESS as Rstudio is clever but too
>> often left me feeling I really didn't know how to debug it and missing my
>> usual keyboard commands.
>> I was very pleased to see that knitr support is now in ESS but I'm failing
>> hopelessly to use it. I had, perhaps naively, assumed that I could take .Rmd
>> files that had worked in Rstudio, starting with its initial template one, open
>> it in emacs/ESS and be away but that's absolutely not the case! I then
>> searched around and found correspondence here from last year including a
>> request from Pierre Kleiber from October last year that is really the same as
>> mine request now:
>> "Being a long-time user of R and ESS but never having tried sweave or other
>> literate programing systems, I would like to try knitr. I'm searching for a
>> knitr tutorial that makes use of ESS rather than RStudio. Can anyone direct me
>> to such a tutorial?"
>> I can't see any answer and most of what I find about ESS/knitR is about
>> technicalities of what has to be done internally in ESS to make it work
>> ... nothing (not that I can understand) on how I can use it.
>> It seems clear to me that Vitalie and others have got things in ESS so that it
>> works for them with their expertise. Please would someone tell me how I could
>> take this default file from Rstudio (attached) and rename it or get ESS to
>> recognise that it is in a markdown form suitable to be parsed and knitted up
>> by knitR and R? Questions:
>> 1) ESS doesn't seem to recognise it as any special file at all. Does ESS expect another file extension (.rnw?)
>> 2) I think I have to tell ESS to use knitr not sweave by setting a variable. Is there a way I can make that a permanent instruction as I don't use sweave?
>> 3) I suspect there are other things I need to do?!
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