[R] MS Excel Data

diegol diegol81 at gmail.com
Sat Dec 8 19:15:14 CET 2007

Prof Brian Ripley wrote:
> Why not read the 'R Data Import/Export' manual?  It ships with R, or can 
> be accessed from http://cran.r-project.org/manuals.html .

Dear Professor,

I'd like to make a suggestion. 

When I first read some articles ands posts about R's wonderful capabilities,
the first thing I tried to do is import some data to which I had fitted
distributions in Excel, so I could compare the results with R. However,
after reading "R Data Import/Export" and some other references (including
the relevant parts of "Introduction to R"), I still found importing
excruciatingly difficult and frustrating, and I believe that to be true for
many people first approaching R. After a long while I did find the way
around it; however, some time later I came across the R Commander package
and GUI, which makes these simple tasks really simple.

My point is that such unexpected difficulties might deter beginners from
ever considering R again. I believe that including a reference to the R
Commander package in the "R Data Import/Export" document could be a step
forward in this respect. Once the user becomes more familiar with R, they
can spend some more time to learn programmed solutions to data importing.

Best regards.

Diego Mazzeo
Actuarial Science Student
Facultad de Ciencias Económicas
Universidad de Buenos Aires
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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