[R] read.table() suggestions

Pierre Kleiber pkleiber at honlab.nmfs.hawaii.edu
Tue Sep 25 21:40:47 CEST 2001

I also have an aversion to factors sneaking in where they're not wanted,
but read.table is OK because of its as.is argument.  What I would like to
see is that same argument made available in other functions that create 
data frames, such as as.data.frame() and aggregate().


David Brahm wrote:
> Hi,
>    I understand work is being done to improve read.table(), especially by
> Prof. Brian D. Ripley.  I offer below a version that I wrote, in the hope some
> aspects of it may prove useful or at least inspire discussion.
>    Be aware that my version differs in a couple fundamental ways that reflect
> my aversion to dataframes and factors.  So it returns a list of vectors which
> are all character, numeric, integer, or logical.  Also, I have no row.names
> column, and so no issues about what to put in that column's header.

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