Friday, September 16, 2011

R Meets Google

Always on the lookout for innovative and free ways to implement data analysis, I was intrigued by a post on Andrew Gelman's blog yesterday, titled "More Data Tools Worth Using From Google". It referred to a 2009 post, "How to Use A Google Spreadsheet as Data in R" (recently updated here) on the Revolutions blog. The title of the post tells it all.

Definitely worth knowing about! Free spreadsheet; free statistical software. What more could you want?

But wait ...... there's more!

In a comment from Zach on the Gelman blog this morning, I learned about Google Motion Charts With R. As Zach notes, it allows you to take data from R and graph it directly using the Google Motion charts API. You may find that it's fussy over which browser you use, but that's O.K. It's recent release, and the R package you need is on the CRAN site here.

Have fun!

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