How to Automate PDF Reporting with R

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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.

Let’s learn how to automate PDFs with R.

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Automate PDF Reporting with R Tutorial

Why create PDF’s manually when you can automate PDFs with R?

That’s exactly what I show you how to do in this tutorial. Here is the final report you will automate today.

PDF Report

First, make a “Parameterized” Rmarkdown file by modifying the YAML with a params section.

Rmarkdown Parameters

Next, insert the parameters in your Rmarkdown Template file so each of the key inputs depend on the parameters.

Insert Rmarkdown Parameters

Finally, in a separate R Script, use rmarkdown::render() to auto-magically create PDF reports by selecting the Rmd Template file and changing the parameters using the params list.

Create PDF Report

Like that, you’ve automated your PDF Reports! ????

PDF Report

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