Why Use RMarkdown?
To start, it is important to get a sense of what RMarkdown is. RMarkdown is many things, but, fundamentally, it is a way to do all of your data work, from import to final report, in a single tool. Here’s a short video that gives you an example of what a workflow with RMarkdown looks like.
After watching the video above, please this article I wrote about RMarkdown as R’s killer feature, which will give you a sense of why RMarkdown is so valuable.
The video below is embedded in the article above, but it does such a good job of explaining the benefits of working with RMarkdown that I want to highlight it here. The two minutes it takes to watch it are well worth your time.
Convinced that RMarkdown is a potentially valuable tool? I hope so. Let’s move on to discuss how RMarkdown works.
Evaluator Dana Wanzer has a great article that demonstrates how you can use RMarkdown to provide nearly instantaneous feedback on data.
Looking for the full specs on RMarkdown? Check out the documentation on the RStudio website. Also take a look at RMarkdown: The Definitive Guide by Yihui Xie, J. J. Allaire, and Garrett Grolemund. It’s an eBook that provides more detail than you could ever want about RMarkdown.