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Computational Statistics

, Volume 22, Issue 1, pp 91-108

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Excel :: COM :: \(\mathsf{R}\)

  • Thomas BaierAffiliated withDepartment of Statistics, Vienna University of Technology
  • , Erich NeuwirthAffiliated withDepartment of Scientific Computing, University of Vienna Email author 

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\(\mathsf{R}\) is a powerful system for statistical computing. Its great flexibility makes it the perfect tool for a wide range of applications. Unfortunately this flexibility also leads to a level of complexity which is hard to handle for the casual user. On the other hand tools like Microsoft Excel are very easy to handle but are not well-suited for more complex applications. This article describes how to make use of the flexibility of \(\mathsf{R}\) while still providing a familiar and easy to use GUI in Microsoft Excel. We will provide a description of the design and show the various ways of installation and user interaction with \(\mathsf{R}\) using Excel.