[R] read.table problem with column headers
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Mar 27 17:14:21 CET 2002
On Wed, 27 Mar 2002, Tom Arnold wrote:
> When I use read.table I can't get my column names to
> line up with my data.
> The data file has survey response data, and each line
> starts with a unique key field (which should be the
> row name when it gets read in, right? I've only been
> using R for one day so bear with me)
> The first row in the file has column names, and the
> first name is "Key", followed by "Age" and so on. for
> Key;Age;Gender;Years In IT; #more column labels...
> 20020220_144752_15178;41;0;17; #more data...
> When I read this in, saying
> survey = read.table("myfile.dat",TRUE,";")
> I wind up with "Age" column being named "Key" and all
> the column labels shift to the right. No matter what
> I've tried, I can't put *my* header on the first
> column of row names. If it put no header on that
> column, I get an error "more columns than column
> What can I do to get my data labels on correctly?
Key Age Gender Years.In.IT
1 20020220_144752_15178 41 0 17
is what I get from your code. I suspect you wanted
> read.table("myfile.dat",TRUE,";", row.names=1)
Age Gender Years.In.IT
20020220_144752_15178 41 0 17
Do you perchance have the wrong number of names in your first line,
say one too few?
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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