[R] read.xls question

David Scott d.scott at auckland.ac.nz
Sun Mar 15 09:34:48 CET 2009

On Sat, 14 Mar 2009, Mathew, Abraham T wrote:

> I'm an R newbie and had a question about the read.xls function. I've heard that this is often not a reliable function to use for importing data. However, I have created numerous xls files which contain information about voter turnout and macroeconomic indicators in India. I'm writing a paper on the relationship between economic growth and voter turnout.
> This is the command I use:
> data <- read.xls("India.xls", header=TRUE)
> I get the following error message:
> Error: could not find function "read.xls"
> Anyone have ideas?
> Thanks,
> Abraham

Since you are a beginner it is possible you missed a couple of steps. 
read.xls is part of the package xlsReadWrite so you need to first install 
that package, which is only possible if you are using Windows. Then you 
need to load the package with the command


Just checking on CRAN xlsReadWrite is not currently available. There is an 
archived version available however.

David Scott

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