[R] R help for a newby

Thomas Likins tom.likins at icube.com
Mon Nov 13 19:04:29 CET 2000


	Yesterday I asked a question about how to read data from a file
that had test numbers in the first column followed by 4 readings. I received
three responses to my question with in an hour. Thanks to all who responded.
After trying out your responses - which seem to work. I noticed that some of
the data had only one or two reading after the test number. 

	My next question: what's the command to fill a matrix with an unknown
value of column data. The nice people who responded to me yesterday used
matrix(scan("data.file"),rcol=5, byrow=TRUE). I would have to imagine the
solution is some variation on this theme. I tried several last night
myself, but 
with no success.  I hope that you will bear with me though  this leaning curve.
I HAVE tried to read the documentation, but there is so much information that
it's some what overwhelming. I'm sure all of you  know how important it
is to be able to succeed in using a new tool to prevent being frustrated and 
giving up prematurely. I am truly in awe over this tool, its power is
I hope you will bear with me as I continue in the mastery of this incredible

	Thanks for all your help,

	Tom Likins

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