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

Rainer M Krug r.m.krug at gmail.com
Fri Dec 17 10:33:10 CET 2010

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On 12/16/2010 09:16 PM, Paul Miller wrote:
> Hello Everyone,
> Thanks to all who replied to my earlier message. I got quite a few
> responses and several suggestions about how to create nice looking
> documents that incorporate output from R. It took some time to
> investigate these, and in some ways I'm more perplexed than when I
> started.
> After some investigating, I'm thinking about two possibilities. One
> is to use Org-Mode/Org-Babel, EMACS, ESS. My impression is that this
> would allow me to make really nice documents, and hopefully it
> wouldn't be too difficult to create a decent looking .rtf version for
> other people to work on using Pandoc, LaTeX2rtf, etc.

Absolutely agreed. With org mode, you have a tool which will grow with
your needs - from literate programming, reports involving evaluation of
code, to composing emails (very interesting feature I just discovered:
export your org file *or subtree* to html / ascii and mail it from
emacs. Very nice indeed.



> Another possibility might be Sword. This likely would involve
> continuing to "process words the way a food processor processes food"
> and the software is only free for non-commercial use. The nice thing
> though is that it works directly with Word and would make
> collaboration with others a snap. 

> I'm still trying to convince people
> that R is a good thing. And so a method for creating reports using
> output from R that doesn't affect them in any way seems particularly
> appealing.

Well - you can do the same with org mode and sweave - the resulting
report is html or pdf.



> At any rate, I'm going to continuing experimenting with this and I
> hope people will be willing to entertain any questions I might have
> in the future.
> Thanks again,
> Paul
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