[R] opinions please: text editors and reporting/Sweave?
murdoch at stats.uwo.ca
Thu May 31 05:21:01 CEST 2007
Tim Howard wrote:
> dear all -
> I currently use Tinn-R as my text editor to work with code that I submit to R, with some output dumped to text files, some images dumped to pdf. (system: Windows 2K and XP, R 2.4.1 and R 2.5). We are using R for overnight runs to create large output data files for GIS, but then I need simple output reports for analysis results for each separate data set. Thus, I create many reports of the same style, but just based on different input data.
> I am recognizing that I need a better reporting system, so that I can create clean reports for each separate R run. This obviously means using Sweave and some implementation of LaTex, both of which are new to me. I've installed MikTex and successfully completed a demo or two for creating pdfs from raw LaTeX.
> It appears that if I want to ease my entry into the world of LaTeX, I might need to switch editors to something like Emacs (I read somewhere that Emacs helps with the TeX markup?). After quite a while wallowing at the Emacs site, I am finding that ESS is well integrated with R and might be the way to go. Aaaagh... I'm in way over my head!
If you are used to Windows, you might find the shareware editors WinEdt
or Textpad more familiar. WinEdt has advantages of lots of LaTeX
> My questions:
> What, in your opinion, is the simplest way to integrate text and graphics reports into a single report such as a pdf file.
> If the answer to this is LaTeX and Sweave, is it difficult to use a text editor such as Tinn-R or would you strongly recommend I leave behind Tinn and move over to an editor that has more LaTeX help?
> In reading over Friedrich Leisch's "Sweave User Manual" (v 1.6.0) I am beginning to think I can do everything I need with my simple editor. Before spending many hours going down that path, I thought it prudent to ask the R community.
> It is likely I am misunderstanding some of the process here and any clarifications are welcome.
> Thank you in advance for any thoughts.
> Tim Howard
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