The goal of formatstats is to provide functions that flexibly format statistical output in a way that can be inserted into R Markdown or Quarto documents. This is analogous to the apa_print()
functions in the {papaja}
package, but functions in formatstats can print Markdown or LaTeX syntax. If your output document is a PDF, this doesn’t matter. But if your output document is a Word document (as required by many journal publishers), Markdown syntax generates editable output instead of an image of output. The default style for statistical output follows American Psychological Association style, but many defaults can be overridden to flexibly format output.
Installation
You can install the development version of formatstats from GitHub with:
# install.packages("remotes")
remotes::install_github("JeffreyRStevens/formatstats")
Example
For an example, we’ll create a correlation from the mtcars
data set.
library(formatstats)
(cars_corr < cor.test(mtcars$mpg, mtcars$disp))
#>
#> Pearson's productmoment correlation
#>
#> data: mtcars$mpg and mtcars$disp
#> t = 8.7472, df = 30, pvalue = 9.38e10
#> alternative hypothesis: true correlation is not equal to 0
#> 95 percent confidence interval:
#> 0.9233594 0.7081376
#> sample estimates:
#> cor
#> 0.8475514
Now we can apply the format_corr()
function to cars_corr
to create a Markdownformatted character string for the statistical results. We can embed this as inline R Markdown code to generate the results.
Output
Fuel efficiency and engine displacement were highly correlated (r = .85, 95% CI [0.92, 0.71], p < .001).
Control formatting
We can also alter the output to allow other formatting. For instance, we may not like APA’s silly rule to remove leading zeros before a value that cannot exceed 1 (like correlations and pvalues). And we may not want to include the confidence limits around the correlation coefficient. Finally, maybe we don’t want the statistics labels to be italicized.
Formatting types
 Correlations (output from
cor.test()
, including Pearson’s, Kendall’s, and Spearman’s correlations)  Student ttests and Wilcoxon rank sum and signed rank tests (output from
t.test()
andwilcox.test()
, including onesample, twosample independent, and paired tests)  Means and error (calculates from vector or uses vector of mean and error interval or mean, lower error limit, and upper error limit)
 Pvalues
 Bayes factors (output from BayesFactor objects or scalar number)
 Scientific notation
 Other numbers
Citation
To cite formatstats, use:
Stevens, Jeffrey R. (2024). formatstats: Format and print statistical output. (version 0.0.0.9000) https://github.com/JeffreyRStevens/formatstats
Related packages

papaja  This package uses the
apa_print()
function to convert a number of R statistical objects into R Markdown output. However, it only outputs LaTeX syntax and only generates APA formatted output with minimal flexibility to alter the output.  apa  This package also converts some R statistical objects to R Markdown output. While it allows other output format such as Markdown, it also only generates APA formatted output with minimal flexibility to alter the output.