Import data from Excel to R using gdata library


There are several ways to import data into R.

The standard way, what it used to be, is from a text file using read.table() function.

For excel files, the most famous spreadsheet software on the world, several libraries can be used to import data from .xls file, for example

 RODBC 

. In the past, the problem was with the xlsx file, which was not supported yet.

Recently, I discovered that

 gdata 

can be used to import xlsx file now. So, this bypass the step that I normally have to save the excel file to text file and do the regular file import.

Here’s how:

library(gdata)
data <- read.xls(xls="myData.xlsx",sheet=1,header=TRUE, as.is=TRUE)
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