[R] [Q] Sparse Matrices in R?

Jean-Cedric Chappelier Jean-Cedric.Chappelier at epfl.ch
Tue Sep 11 16:02:39 CEST 2001

Does anyone knows if there is a way to handle sparse matrices in R?

More precisely I am looking for a way to do correspondance analysis
on a contingency table which is quite huge (1,000 x 10,000) but sparse
(i.e. full of zero).

Creating it directly in R (eg as x <- array(0,c(1000,10000) then filling
the non zero cells) seems definitely not the good solution as
R is then unable to process it (e.g. ca(x) stop for out of memory:
 "Error:  cannot allocate vector of size xxx")

Any help?

Thank you.
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