How to Make Publication-Quality Excel Pivot Tables with R
Written by Matt Dancho on October 14, 2020
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Let’s learn how to make Excel pivot tables with R.
Excel Pivot Tables with R Tutorial
The biggest thing I missed when I transititioned from Excel to R was… PIVOT TABLES!
Seriously - Pivot Tables are so useful. You can summarize and reshape (aka Pivot) data so easily with them in Excel. Why not in R???
Here’s the Publication-Quality Pivot Table that we are going to make today. 👇
First, collect your data using
tidyquant, an awesome package I created for importing & working with Financial Data.
Next, make a
pivot_table() from the stock data. The resulting data summarized using a percentage change from 1st to last in each pivot cell.
And with the GT Package, we can make the pivoted data into a PUBLICATION-QUALITY Pivot Table with conditional formatting applied to highlight years with positive stock returns. (Table code partially shown. Get the GitHub code to reproduce the table.)
And, now you have a publication-quality stock performance report! 👇
You’ve just made a publication-quality Pivot Table in R.
Learn something? Awesome!
But you need to learn a TON to become an R Samurai Master.
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