[Rd] cannot allocate vector of size 71773 Kb (PR#915)

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue, 17 Apr 2001 08:17:31 +0200 (MET DST)

On Tue, 17 Apr 2001 cdhershberger@dow.com wrote:

> Full_Name: Doug Hershberger
> Version: 1.2.2
> OS: Red Hat-Linux 7.0
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> In the R FAQ I find the following entry explaining that R no longer has
> problems with memory.

No longer has the same problems....  There is also a section on
`What is a bug?' that you should read again.

> http://cran.r-project.org/doc/FAQ/R-FAQ.html#Why%20does%20R%20run%20out%20of%20of%20memory%3f
> However in my installation: R Version 1.2.2  (2001-02-26)
> Installed from the red hat RPM on your site on a Red Hat 7.0 i686
> I get the following error when working with large data sets:
>                 > source("/usr/local/genex/rcluster/lib/rcluster/r/hcluster.r");
>                > breadth.program("uploaded_data.txt", "average", 10)
>                 Read 2 items
>                 Read 8574 items
>                 Error: cannot allocate vector of size 71773 Kb
>                 Execution halted
> Is there a way to fix this? This is running as part of the GeneX

Install more memory, or write better R code, or use better statistical

> installation so I would have to dig through to figure out how to give R
> more memory.
> Besides which I don't think that will work.

We would need to know a lot more about the code to see the problem,
but as a quick guess, clustering 8574 items with the standard algorithms
takes a very large amount of memory (on any system), so it would be the
third alternative.

Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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