R Markdown hard question...


I'm fairly new to R but really like the language. I have one problems I struggled with for quite some time but have not been able to solve and ask here for help.

Have a data frame with columns that I want to print in a markdown document. I have managed to loop over each line and print it in the document. What I do not succeed with, however, is to make a data table from in the same loop under the text. The information to be displayed there should only be from the same line from which I base my text. And that is included in the first block. Should I do a loop in a loop?

Can anyone help me with this I am eternally grateful =)


Date 			time 		text_1 		text_2

1 2020-01-01 10:19:10 Hello bla bla1 Hi bla bla
2 2020-01-02 10:20:10 Hello bla bla2 Hi bla bla
4 2020-01-03 10:21:10 Hello bla bla3 Hi bla bla
5 2020-01-04 10:22:10 Hello bla bla4 Hi bla bla


block 1

2020-01-01 Hello bla bla1 10:19:10 Hello bla bla

——datatable—— (only from index 1)

block 2

2020-01-02 Hello bla bla2 10:20:10 Hello bla bla

——datatable—— (only from index 2)

block 3

2020-01-03 Hello bla bla3 10:21:10 Hello bla bla

——datatable—— (only from index 3)


many thanks

Hi, welcome!

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Thank you!

ok, then we start over.

In the chunk below, it loops over rows in an excel sheet. It prints blocks based on each line and then the text I entered for each block. What I also want is to make a kable table for each row. So a loop in the loop.

  1. text

template <-"\n\n\n\n %s som text, %s. %s some text.
some text %s %s sometext %s sometext* %s some text
" # dont't forget the newline

for (i in seq(nrow(input))) {
  current <- input[i, ]
  cat(sprintf(template, df$'name', df$'id', df$'object', df$'info', df$'date', df$'time', df$'user', df$'somthing'))

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I am missing the input here to run your example.

I think you would be interesting in these part of the Rmarkdown cookbook:

With this tool I believe you can manage to do what you want.

I do not really know how to explain it but I have 5 lines in an excel sheet. I want to generate text chunks from each row but also make a simple table from each row.

so first the text and then the table.


bla bla bla bla bla

table (first row)

bla bla bla bla

table (second row)

I will do a example and post here because have googled so much so the computer will probably burn up soon.

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Everything works fine but kable only wants to take the first line (in kabel argument) and not go through everything like i do in the beginning.


employee <- c('John Doe','Peter Gynn','Jolie Hope','John Doe','Peter Gynn','Jolie Hope')
salary <- c(21000, 23400, 26800,1000, 23400, 26800)
startdate <- (c('2010-11-1','2008-3-25','2007-3-14','2010-11-1','2008-3-25','2007-3-14'))
df <- data.frame(employee, salary, startdate)

input <- df

template <- "\n\n\n\\n\n\\n\n\ text text text text text %s text \n\n\ text texttext text text
text text text  text\n\n\  text %s texttext text texttext text texttext text text\n\n\

" # dont't forget the newline

for (i in seq(nrow(input))) {
  current <- input[i, ]
  cat(sprintf(template, df$'employee', df$'salary', knitr::kable(head(df, n = 1))))

Several questions:

  • Why do you have a break in the for loop ? This mean the loop will do one iteration and then break out of the loop
  • You define current in the for loop but you are not using it. You use directly df in the sprintf call - so the all dataframe.
  • Did you try one of the advice pointed above with knitr template ?

For string interpolation, you could be interesting in glue package : https://glue.tidyverse.org/reference/glue.html

For iteration, the purrr package could be of help: https://purrr.tidyverse.org/

Anyway, this is no more a Rmarkdown question per-se but rather a R question on how to wrangle data and loop through it.