[R] [FORGED] Export R output in Excel
bgunter.4567 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 29 15:43:17 CET 2016
Oh nuts! I replied all. I apologize for the noise!
"The trouble with having an open mind is that people keep coming along
and sticking things into it."
-- Opus (aka Berkeley Breathed in his "Bloom County" comic strip )
On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 6:40 AM, Bert Gunter <bgunter.4567 at gmail.com> wrote:
> (Private -- as this is just my personal opinion and not really helpful).
> I found your comments informative. Thank you.
> My own experience with scientific colleagues -- biologists mostly --
> who use Excel in the way that you describe is that the "haptic" (great
> word!) ease with which they manipulate the data almost inevitably
> results in errors. That is, the *lack* of enforced structure in Excel
> allows them to do things that they shouldn't or don't mean to do,
> typically without raising any flags, typically causing downstream
> errors that can be hard to trace. Irreproducibility follows.
> My point is that the structure that you consider burdensome -- at
> least initially -- is desirable exactly because it forces them to
> think more carefully about what they are doing. Debugging, or worse
> yet, failure to realize that debugging is needed, takes far more time
> and is far more consequential.
> As I said, just my opinion, no reply necessary, and I do appreciate
> your thoughtful remarks.
> Bert Gunter
> Bert Gunter
> "The trouble with having an open mind is that people keep coming along
> and sticking things into it."
> -- Opus (aka Berkeley Breathed in his "Bloom County" comic strip )
> On Thu, Dec 29, 2016 at 2:16 AM, Erich Subscriptions
> <erich.subs at neuwirth.priv.at> wrote:
>> Well, my few cents again.
>> the packages
>> openxslx and xlsx allow to write dataframes as Excel sheets.
>> (xlsx is Java based, so it has more requirements to run than openxlsx,
>> which is just C++ based)
>> On Windows, R tools for Visual Studio allows Excel export.
>> For Windows, there also is our Excel add-in RExcel allowing
>> to use R from within Excel, and the R package rcom
>> which also allows to interact with Excel from R (more than just writing Excel workbooks).
>> Our products (rcom and RExcel), however, are not unter a FOSS license.
>> And a more general remark: There are a lot of things where R is a much better choice than Excel,
>> but there are a few things where it really makes sense to use spreadsheets.
>> Spreadsheets offer a totally different paradigm to work with data, or more generally,
>> numbers and formulas.
>> One can interact with the data directly, not hide them behind variable names.
>> And, the interaction is haptic, gesture based, not expressed as a language.
>> Rearranging the layout of a pivot table by dragging variable “blocks”
>> is very intuitive and something which R itself doe not offer
>> (in fact, I wrote an add-in for R Commander to implement it).
>> Of course, Excel is not a good chice for a polished reproducible workflow.
>> But I think quite a few people (including me), when starting a new project,
>> are not ready immediately to set up this “perfect” workflow,
>> and it is much easier to experiment with the data with a spreadsheet based
>> For me, working with spreadsheets is more like improvising some Jazz,
>> and writing R code is like writing a score for a composition.
>>> On 29 Dec 2016, at 00:15, Rolf Turner <r.turner at auckland.ac.nz> wrote:
>>> On 29/12/16 10:45, Bryan Mac wrote:
>>>> How do I export results from R to Excel in a format-friendly way? For
>>>> example, when I copy and paste my results into excel, the formatting
>>>> is messed up.
>>> Short answer: *Don't*. ("Friends don't let friends use excel for statistics.")
>>> Longer answer: Googling on "export R data to excel" yields lots of "useful" hits --- "useful" given the (false) assertion that it is useful to export things to excel.
>>> Rolf Turner
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>>> University of Auckland
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