Video To Help Excel Users Get Familiar With R

I’ve made a short (9 minute) video to help Excel users get familiar with R.  This video gives a quick overview of the R user interface, demonstrates an R session and walks through a short R chart script. This video is for those Excel users who have heard about R and would like to get a better feel for how it works and what its like.

Here’s  a link to my Getting Familiar video.

Let me know what you think.

7 responses to “Video To Help Excel Users Get Familiar With R

  1. Great video. Perfect introduction to R.

    Excel seems to have lot of statistical functions (like regressions, correlation, etc.), capability to generate distributions, capability to do optimization (with silver), good visualization, etc.

    I am wondering what will be the reasons to use R?

  2. Great video! XLSolutions Corp R-PLUS is the commercial version of R with neat interface. Check it out at

  3. Very nice video — it really makes a compelling argument for using R scripts instead of point-and-clicking in Excel for charting. I’ve written more about it at the Revolutions blog.

  4. Great video – very clear, and just what I needed to get me interested :)

  5. Lovely video! Thank you for sharing.

    For the intended audience, you did you consider a version of the video where you get the data from an Excel worksheet? That would be more familiar to the audience than the read.table invocation.

    But it is a great video in any case.

  6. This was great! Please post more videos like this! I am a long time Excel user hoping to get more seriously into data visualization by transitioning into R, adobe illustrator, and maybe ArcGIS. This is exactly the kind of stuff I need to get started. Thanks much!

  7. Thank you for the video, you made R seem very simple and powerful.

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