[R] read.table and missing values - solved

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jun 19 17:29:05 CEST 2001

On Tue, 19 Jun 2001, Peter Breuer wrote:

> Thanks - everything is o.k. and working


> >You have set sep="\t", haven't you?  The default separator is white space,
> >and that will swallow two tabs.  The following had tabs in originally,
> This did solve the problem. I didn't set sep="\t". R read complete
> tab delimited data files nontheless and complained only when it met
> missing data.
> This confused me.

Using read.delim (same help page) might be less confusing, although I
think fill = TRUE might also cause confusion.

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