[R] question about scan()

ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed May 15 09:12:43 CEST 2002

On Tue, 14 May 2002 joshi at engr.orst.edu wrote:

> Hi,
> I am using the scan function to read from a file. In
> general the syntax I am using is as follows:
> scan("myfile", list(a = "", b="", c="", d=""), sep=",")
> The file I am trying to read contains a #< in the 'd'
> field. When the file is read into an object, the d
> field comes as "" for that particular string.
> I guess the problem is because the # is used for
> commenting.
> My question is that if I want to read the #< anyways
> from the file, how do I do that?


1) Read the help page for scan, and set the appropriate argument
to make #  not a comment character, or (preferably)

2) Upgrade to the current version of R, where it will work with the
default values.

*Please* do remember to tell us your R version/platform when posting.

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