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October 25, 2013

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I'm all for replicable research and a vivid R user, but I don't get it why Excel as a tool should get such a bad wrap. It's in the way the tools are used. Whenever I use spreadsheets, I comment my steps and show intermediary steps. Excel has some useful tools for debugging, such as warning you when adjacent cells contain a different formula, or if adjacent cells with numbers are not included in a formula. On the other hand, I could use the R console interactively to get statistical output and copy this into a Word document, and have nothing that's replicable.

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