[R] LaTeX, MiKTeX, LyX: A Guide for the Perplexed

Patrick Hausmann patrick.hausmann at uni-bremen.de
Wed Dec 8 10:05:12 CET 2010

Hi Paul,
I am using Sweave and MiKTeX and the results are really impressive, but 
it's often quite complicated (or impossible) to share the rnw-files with 
my colleagues/clients. So it depends with/for whom you are working. 
Perhaps as an alternative you could use a simpler markup format e.g. 
"Markdown" (with the "ascii" package). To convert between different 
markup languages Pandoc [1] looks very promising.


[1] http://johnmacfarlane.net/pandoc

Am 08.12.2010 00:29, schrieb Paul Miller:
> Hello Everyone,
>> Been learning R over the past several months. Read several books and have learned a great deal about data manipulation, statistical analysis, and graphics.
>> Now I want to learn how to make nice looking documents and�about "literate programming." My understanding is that R users normally do this using LaTeX, MiKTeX, LyX, etc. in conjuction with Sweave.�An alternative might be to use the R2wd package to create Word documents.
>> So I guess I have�four questions:
>> 1. How do I choose between the various options? Why would someone decide to use LaTeX instead of MiKTeX or vice versa for example?
>> 2. What are the best sources of information about LaTeX, MiKTeX, LyX, etc.?
>> 3. What is the learning curve like for each of these? What do you get�for the time you put in learning something that is more difficult?
>> 4. How do people who use LaTeX, MiKTeX, LyX, etc. share documents with people who are just using Word? How difficult does using LaTeX, MiKTeX, LyX, etc. make it to collaborate on projects with others?
>> Thanks,
>> Paul
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