Quick start demonstration"

  comment = "#>",
  error = FALSE,
  tidy = FALSE,
  collapse = TRUE)

rprime is an R package for parsing .txt generated by E-Prime, a program for running psychological experiments.


The main workflow for working with rprime involves:

  1. read_eprime: reliably read in data from an Eprime log (.txt) file.
  2. FrameList: extract the text in each "LogFrame" in the file, storing each log-frame as an R list.
  3. preview_levels, preview_eprime: explore the structure of the parsed data.
  4. keep_levels, drop_levels, filter_in, filter_out: select and filter particular levels from the txt-file.
  5. to_data_frame: make a data-frame from the parsed data.


Getting data into R

Load the file with read_eprime and parse its contents with FrameList.

# Read in an Eprime text file
experiment_lines <- read_eprime("data/SAILS/SAILS_001X00XS1.txt")

# Extract and parse the log-frames from the file
experiment_data <- FrameList(experiment_lines)


In the text file, frames were distinguished by the procedure they are running as well as the their level of nesting. Get an overview of the different types of frames with preview_levels.

# There are six different kinds of frames in this file

Get a preview of the data in each kind of frame with preview_frames.


preview_eprime (not demonstrated here) does both kinds of previews (levels and frames).


Use keep_levels and drop_levels to filter frames according to nesting level.

# Filter (out) by depth of nesting
not_level_1 <- drop_levels(experiment_data, 1)

# Filter (in) by depth of nesting
just_level_3 <- keep_levels(experiment_data, 3)

Use filter_in and filter_out to filter frames using attribute values. Use repeated filtering statements to drill down into the list of frames.

# Filter (out) by attribute values
no_header <- filter_out(experiment_data, "Running", values = "Header")

# Filter (in) by attribute values
not_practice <- filter_in(experiment_data, "Running", "TrialLists")

# Drill down further into the trials by filtering again
sue_trials <- filter_in(not_practice, "Module", "SUE")


Convert to a dataframe with to_dataframe. Attribute names in the log-frames become column names in the dataframe.

# Export to dataframe
sue_trials_df <- to_data_frame(sue_trials)
str(sue_trials_df, vec.len = 2)

# Don't need every column
columns_to_keep <- c("Eprime.Basename", "Module", "Sample", 
                     "Correct", "Response")
sue_trials_df <- sue_trials_df[columns_to_keep]

Try the rprime package in your browser

Any scripts or data that you put into this service are public.

rprime documentation built on May 1, 2019, 7:56 p.m.