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Excel tips and tricks for manipulating dates, and for getting data into the format you need, are also ready for your R pleasure

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In the PDF, we tell you how to extract month, day and year from each date in a column, calculate ages, search and replace text, use a wildcard search, deal with IF statements and reshape data, among other things.

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(The original Excel tips, upon which this is based, come from MaryJo Webster, senior data reporter with Digital First Media.)

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