Like it or not, spreadsheets are a common data source for many of us. We’ll review the overall landscape for importing spreadsheet data into R and then go into detail for the readxl package specifically. readxl is the Tidyverse solution for reading data stored in the legacy xls format or the more modern xlsx format. It has no tricky external dependencies, is quite speedy, and is easy to install and use across all operating systems.
Jenny is a software engineer on the tidyverse team. She is a recovering biostatistician who takes special delight in eliminating the small agonies of data analysis. Jenny is known for smoothing the interfaces between R and spreadsheets, web APIs, and Git/GitHub. She’s been working in R/S for over 20 years and is a member of the R Foundation. She also serves in the leadership of rOpenSci and Forwards and is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.