[R] Setting the Number of Columns

Matt Borkowski commnthght at hotmail.com
Wed May 29 17:19:08 CEST 2002

I am trying to read in a data set with 17 columns into a data frame.  The 
problem is, there are some lines in the data that occasionally pop up with 
less than 17 numbers in a row.  I was trying to use the command

data <- read.table("dataset.dat", fill=TRUE, quote = "")

There was no problem running this with an older version of R and the data 
was forced into a data frame with 17 columns with the missing data filled in 
as NA.  But after updating to the newest version something changed and now 
the data is being forced into a data frame with only 14 columns.

With the newest version of R is it possible to force the data into a data 
frame with user specified dimensions and fill in any missing data in a row 
with NA?


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