Not An Introduction to knitr

Yihui Xie

2017-11-26

The knitr package (Xie 2016) is an alternative tool to Sweave based on a different design with more features. This document is not an introduction, but only serves as a placeholder to guide you to the real manuals, which are available on the package website https://yihui.name/knitr/1, and remember to read the help pages of functions in this package. There is a book (Xie 2015) for this package, but it may not be useful to those who prefer digging out information on the web.

Anyway, here is a code chunk that shows you can compile vignettes with knitr as well using R 3.0.x, which supports non-Sweave vignettes:

options(digits = 4)
rnorm(20)
##  [1]  0.2105  1.9311 -2.4780  0.7412 -0.1252  2.1065 -0.5021 -0.7806
##  [9] -0.5612 -1.0219  0.2267  1.8554 -1.3783 -0.7649  0.8259 -1.2045
## [17]  1.6690  0.4013  0.4622 -0.5831
fit = lm(dist ~ speed, data = cars)
b = coef(fit)
Regression coefficients.
Estimate Std. Error t value Pr(>|t|)
(Intercept) -17.579 6.7584 -2.601 0.0123
speed 3.932 0.4155 9.464 0.0000

The fitted regression equation is \(Y=-17.5791+3.9324x\).

par(mar = c(4, 4, 1, 0.1))
plot(cars, pch = 20)
abline(fit, col = "red")
A scatterplot with a regression line.

A scatterplot with a regression line.

References

Xie, Yihui. 2015. Dynamic Documents with R and Knitr. 2nd ed. Boca Raton, Florida: Chapman; Hall/CRC. http://yihui.name/knitr/.

———. 2016. Knitr: A General-Purpose Package for Dynamic Report Generation in R. http://yihui.name/knitr/.


  1. e.g. the main manual and the graphics manual