Advanced email in R: embedding images and markdown

Previously we looked at how you can combine R and Markdown to create reports directly from your R scripts, and also how to send email from R using Microsoft Outlook. In this post, we’ll take these concepts a step further and look at how we can use R to embed images in email messages or even use Markdown to create entire messages.

Sending email from Outlook in R

When setting up automated reporting workflows, a key component is distributing the report to the various stakeholders so they can review it.  One useful technique is to send a “push notification” by email to alert everyone that a report or analysis task has just been completed.  Luckily, it isn’t hard to send out email from R by using Microsoft Outlook.