Add your own custom R functions or variables with R Script

You might want to use your own R functions as part of your data wrangling steps. This is an introduction for such case. If you want to write your own R functions to extract data, please refer to Write R Script for Data.

You can write your functions in an R script and register it to your project, then you can start calling the functions just like any other functions.

Example - alpha function from psych package

This is an example to use alpha function from psych R package from Exploratory Desktop.

Install Required Package

In this example, psych is already installed as a default dependency package but the function you want to use might be from a package that we don't install as default. In that case, please install the package following this instruction.

Install R Package

Add R Script

Create a new R script from the left tree.

Define the Function

Define a function. Please note that the first argument is data frame and the output is also data frame, so that it can be used from command line.

get_alpha <- function(df, attr = "total", ...){
  num_df <- df %>%

  # class of first arg in psych::alpha must be only data.frame class
  class(num_df) <- "data.frame"

  alpha_obj <- psych::alpha(num_df, ...)

Then, click "Save" button.

Use It as a Command

You can use the function from a data frame you want to apply. Click 'Add' (Plus) button and click "Custom Command".

Then you can enter the function in the command line.


Here is a blog post that walk you through how to register the R script and use the functions.

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