[R] Weird Error

Peter Dalgaard p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Wed Apr 14 21:45:48 CEST 2004

Bret Collier <bacolli at uark.edu> writes:

> R-Users,
> I hope this is not a uniformed question, but I am a little lost.

Don't worry, they all look alike... ;-)
> I ran into a problem this morning and I was wondering if anyone had
> seen it before.  I was trying to summarize each column of a data set
> (150,000 rows, ~50mb, so it was a relatively big file) imported from a text
> file using the below code;
> data.summary <- read.csv("c:/summary.txt", sep="")
> data.summary <- as.matrix(data.summary)
> my.summary <- function(x){
>     return(c(min=min(x),max=max(x), mean=mean(x)))}
> apply(data.summary, 2, my.summary)
> And I got this weird error that I can not find out anything about?
> "Process R unknown signal at Wed Apr 14 08:17:22 2004"
> Have you seen anything like this before?  Do you think it is the size of
> the dataset that is causing the problem, since the same code works for
> 25000 rows (~17mb) and gives the correct results (I cross-checked in
> SAS and EXCEL).

Running out of memory and having the OS intervening could give that
kind of message. Or bad RAM. In the first case look up how to set the
memory limits, in the other, change machines to verify.

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