23 Introduction

In this part of the book, you’ll learn how to get your into R. We’ll focus on plain-text rectangular formats, spreadsheets, databases, and web data.

This part of the book proceeds as follows:

  • In Chapter 24, you’ll learn how to get plain-text data in rectangular formats from disk and into R.

  • In Chapter 25, you’ll learn how to get data from Excel spreadsheets and Google Sheets into R.

  • In Chapter 26, you’ll learn about getting data into R from databases.

  • In Chapter 27, you’ll learn about harvesting data off the web and getting it into R.

  • We’ll close up the part with a brief discussion on other types of data and pointers for how to get them into R in Chapter 28.