[R] Staging area for data before read into R

Christopher W. Ryan cryan at binghamton.edu
Tue Oct 21 05:50:03 CEST 2008

How about simply a text editor, typing in your data, separated by commas
or tabs or spaces?  One row for each case/subject/observation?  R can
read that in easily.

A good, open-source, free data entry program is EpiData.
www.epidata.dk.  It is simple to use but probably more than you need for


Christopher W. Ryan, MD
SUNY Upstate Medical University Clinical Campus at Binghamton
40 Arch Street, Johnson City, NY  13790
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stephen sefick wrote:
> I am wondering if there is a better alternative than Excel for data
> storage that does not require database knowledge (I will eventually
> have to learn this, but it is not on my immediate todo list).  I need
> something that is not limited to 256 columns... I don't need any of
> the built in functions in excel just a spreadsheet like program with
> cells that hold data in a data.frame format for a staging area before
> I get it into R.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.  This is not
> a direct r question, but all of you folks have more experience than I
> do and I am having a time finding what I need with google.
> thanks in advance

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