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R Commander

Start the R Commander GUI (graphical user interface)

Keywords
misc
Usage
Commander()
Details

Getting Started The default R Commander interface consists of (from top to bottom) a menu bar, a toolbar, a script window, an output window, and a messages window. Commands to read, write, transform, and analyze data are entered using the menus in the menu bar at the top of the Commander window. Most menu items lead to dialog boxes requesting further specification. I suggest that you explore the menus to see what is available. Below the menu bar is a toolbar with (from left to right) an information field displaying the name of the active data set; buttons for editing and displaying the active data set; and an information field showing the active statistical model. There is also a Submit button for re-executing commands in the script window. The information fields for the active data set and active model are actually buttons that can be used to select the active data set and model from among, respectively, data frames or suitable model objects in memory. Almost all commands require an active data set. When the Commander starts, there is no active data set, as indicated in the data set information field. A data set becomes the active data set when it is read into memory from an R package or imported from a text file, SPSS data set, Minitab data set, or STATA data set. In addition, the active data set can be selected from among R data frames resident in memory. You can therefore switch among data sets during a session. By default, commands are logged to the script window (the initially empty text window immediately below the toolbar); commands and output appear in the output window (the initially empty text window below the script window); and the active data set is attached to the search path. To alter these and other defaults, see the information below on configuration. Some Rcmdr dialogs (those in the Statistics -> Fit models menu) produce linear, generalized linear, or other models. When a model is fit, it becomes the active model, as indicated in the information field in the R Commander toolbar. Items in the Models menu apply to the active model. Initially, there is no active model. If there are several models in memory, you can select the active model from among them. If command logging in turned on, R commands that are generated from the menus and dialog boxes are entered into the script window in the Commander. You can edit these commands in the normal manner and can also type new commands into the script window. Individual commands can be continued over more than one line, but each line after the first must be indented with one or more spaces or tabs. The contents of the script window can be saved during or at the end of the session, and a saved script can be loaded into the script window. The contents of the output window can also be edited or saved to a text file. To re-execute a command or set of commands, select the lines to be executed using the mouse and press the Submit button at the right of the toolbar (or Control-R, for "run"). If no text is selected, the Submit button (or Control-R) submits the line containing the text-insertion cursor. Note that an error will be generated if the submitted command or commands are incomplete. Pressing Control-F brings up a find-text dialog box (which can also be accessed via Edit -> Find) to search for text in the script window or the output window. Edit functions such as search are performed in the script window unless you first click in the output window to make it the active window. Pressing Control-S will save the script or output window. Pressing Control-A selects all of the text in the script or output window. Right-clicking the mouse (clicking button 3 on a three-button mouse) in the script or output window brings up a "context" menu with the Edit-menu items, plus (in the script window) a Submit item. When you execute commands from the Commander window, you must ensure that the sequence of commands is logical. For example, it makes no sense to fit a statistical model to a data set that has not been read into memory. Pressing a letter key (e.g., "a") in a list box will scroll the list box to bring the next entry starting with that letter to the top of the box. Exit from the Commander via the File -> Exit menu or by closing the Commander window. Customization and Configuration Configuration files reside in the etc subdirectory of the package, or in the locations given by the etc and etcMenus options (see below). The Rcmdr menus can be customized by editing the file Rcmdr-menus.txt. Some functions (e.g., hist) that do not normally create visible printed output when executed from the R Console command prompt will do so --- unless prevented --- when executed from the Commander script window. Such output can be suppressed by listing the names of these functions in the log-exceptions.txt file. You can add R code to the package, e.g., for creating additional dialogs, by placing files with file type .R in the etc directory, also editing Rcmdr-menus.txt to provide additional menus, sub-menus, or menu-items. A demo addition is provided in the file BoxCox.demo. To activate the demo, rename this file to BoxCox.R, and uncomment the corresponding menu line in Rcmdr-menus.txt. Alternatively, you can edit the source package and recompile it. A number of functions are provided to assist in writing dialogs, and Rcmdr state information is stored in a separate environment. See help("Rcmdr.Utilities") and the manual supplied in the doc directory of the Rcmdr package for more information. In addition, several features are controlled by run-time options, set via the options("Rcmdr") command. These options should be set before the package is loaded. If the options are unset, which is the usual situation, defaults are used. Specify options as a list of name=value pairs. You can set none, one, several, or all options. The available options are as follows: [object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object],[object Object] Many options can also be set via the File -> Options menu, which will restart the Commander after options are set.

Note

This version is compatible with SciViews, which currently runs only under Windows systems: http://www.sciviews.org/SciViews-R; see Rcmdr.sciviews-specific. Under Windows, the Rcmdr package can also be run under the Rgui in SDI (single-document interface) mode, or under rterm.exe; you might experience problems running the Rcmdr under ESS withNTEmacs or XEmacs.

Known Problem

Occasionally, under Windows, after typing some text into a dialog box (e.g., a subsetting expression in the Subset Data Set dialog), buttons in the dialog (e.g., the OK button) will have no effect when they are pressed. Clicking anywhere inside or outside of the dialog box should restore the function of the buttons. As far as I have been able to ascertain, this is a problem with Tcl/Tk for Windows.

Aliases
  • Commander
Examples
options(Rcmdr=list(log.font.size=12, contrasts=c("contr.Sum", "contr.poly")))
Documentation reproduced from package Rcmdr, version 1.2-0, License: GPL version 2 or newer

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