Exporting Data

There are numerous methods for exporting R objects into other formats . For SPSS, SAS and Stata, you will need to load the foreign packages. For Excel, you will need the xlsReadWrite package.

To A Tab Delimited Text File

write.table(mydata, "c:/mydata.txt", sep="\t")

To an Excel Spreadsheet

library(xlsx)
write.xlsx(mydata, "c:/mydata.xlsx")

(To work with R and Excel, try this interactive course on importing data in R.)

To SPSS

# write out text datafile and
# an SPSS program to read it
library(foreign)
write.foreign(mydata, "c:/mydata.txt", "c:/mydata.sps",   package="SPSS")

(Alternatively, to practice importing SPSS data with the foreign package, try this exercise.)

To SAS

# write out text datafile and
# an SAS program to read it
library(foreign)
write.foreign(mydata, "c:/mydata.txt", "c:/mydata.sas",   package="SAS")

To Stata

# export data frame to Stata binary format
library(foreign)
write.dta(mydata, "c:/mydata.dta")

(Alternatively, to practice importing Stata data with the foreign package, try this exercise.)