Markdown & Automated Reporting


Markdown & Automated Reporting

1. Introduction

Exegetic Analytics is a Data Science consultancy specialising in data acquisition and augmentation, data preparation, predictive analytics and machine learning. Our services are used by a range of industries from Education to Security, Food Delivery to Politics. Our consultants are based in Durban and Cape Town and we engage with clients all over the world. Our products and services are used by a multitude of industries including Aerospace, Education, Finance, Food and Transport.

Exegetic Analytics also offers training, with experienced and knowledgeable facilitators. Our courses focus on practical applications, working through examples and exercises based on real-world datasets.

All of our training packages include access to:

  • our online development environment and
  • detailed course material which participants will have continued access to even once the training has concluded.

For more information about what we do, you can refer to our website.

These are some of the companies who have benefitted from our trainning:

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Contact Us

If this proposal is of interest to you or you would like to hear more about what we do you can get in touch on or +27 (0)83 350 7699.

2. Course Description

Do you spend a lot of time generating reports? Do you end up regenerating tables and figures when new data become available? Is this a complicated and error-prone process? If so, then this course is for you!

Automating your reporting process will save you time and reduce errors.


Duration 1 day
Who should attend? The course is aimed at students, academics and professionals who need to generate data-driven reports.
Objectives Reports are an important artefact of research and analysis. Often these reports need to be frequently generated or updated. Ideally this should be done in a reproducible manner. It’s is an ideal opportunity for automation! In this course you’ll learn how to use R and Markdown to efficiently generate sophisticated and visually appealing reports.
Outcomes Participants will be able to generate reports which include text, tables, figures, code and analytical results. They will also be able to flexibly style the reports.
  • Participants are assumed to have prior exposure to R, or at least to programming of some variety. Ideally participants should have completed the Data Wrangling and Visualisation modules.
  • Install a Markdown editor. These are some options:

    If all else fails you can use the Dillinger online editor.

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Course Outline

3. Course Outline

  • What is Mark(up|down)?
  • Why Markdown?
    • Why not Word or Google documents?
  • First Markdown File
  • Markdown Structure
    • Paragraphs
    • Headings
    • Emphasis
    • Lists and Checkboxes
    • Links
    • Images
    • Block quotes
    • Footnotes
  • YAML Header
    • Output formats
  • Code
    • Code blocks
    • Including code and/or output (or neither!)
    • Inline code
    • Sourcing code from external scripts
  • Generating References and a Bibliography
  • Topics:

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Training Philosophy

Our training emphasises practical skills. So, although you'll be learning concepts and theory, you'll see how everything is applied in the real world. We will work through examples and exercises based on real datasets.


All you'll need is a computer with a browser and a decent internet connection. We'll be using an online development environment. This means that you can focus on learning and not on solving technical problems.

Of course, we are happy to help you get your local environment set up too! You can start by following these instructions.


The training package includes access to
  • our online development environment and
  • detailed course material (slides and scripts).

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