How to Scrape Word Documents with R
Written by Matt Dancho on September 16, 2020
This article is part of a R-Tips Weekly, a weekly video tutorial that shows you step-by-step how to do common R coding tasks.
Today we discuss an awesome skill for automating data collection from word documents:
Here’s a common situation, you’re company has LOTS OF WORD FILES.
They contain tables of information that look like this:
Thinking like a programmer, you can extract this data using officer:
With a little bit of data wrangling with the tidyverse, you’ve got your table extracted & formatted:
Then you use ggplot2 to make a sweet plot:
Whoa - Look at 201! Getting a high “Activity Ratio” - Ratio of Lessons completed to Number of Students Enrolled:
You’ve just automated extracting word tables in R. BOOM! 💥💥💥
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