[R] What is the best way to have "R" output tables in an MS Word format?

Chris Evans chrishold at psyctc.org
Mon May 3 15:47:57 CEST 2010

Thanks Tal & Thomas, I am now experimenting with both SWord and R2wd and
both are certainly a huge step forward for me, tied as I am to Word and
the Windoze/M$ world for now.


Tal Galili sent the following  at 01/05/2010 09:44:

> Hi all,
> I forwarded this question to the r-com mailing list, and received the
> following reply from Thomas Baier :
> Hi Tal,
> two solutions immediately come to my mind: SWord
> (http://rcom.univie.ac.at) and R2wd (from CRAN).
> If creating a paper in Word, then SWord may be the better choice, if you
> want to create reports controlled from R, R2wd might be the better one.
> Best,
> Thomas

They both look potentially very useful and can do wonderful embedding of
tabulated data frames and graphics to judge form the help page for R2wd
and that works on my set up.  However, I'm crash R2wd and hange R
passing lm output with:
	lm.D9 <- lm(weight ~ group) # from the lm help page

I'll try to link up with whoever I should (Thomas, Christian?) to debug
this (and, of course, it may be particular to my set up) but I still
argue there's a problem letting these output capabilities go to packages
and not putting them in the core:
a) it's easy for us not to know of them, I didn't know of R2wd nor ascii
for example,
b) surely to have provided really excellent graphic output in the core
is a bit incongruent with having even provided tabs for matrices and tables?

I'll pick up more in response to Max Kuhn's message.

Very best,


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