[R] question about cbind()

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sun Aug 20 08:03:56 CEST 2006

On Sat, 19 Aug 2006, jz7 at duke.edu wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have a question about how to get a matrix by combining a large number of
> columns from a data file. Suppose I read a file which have 1000 columns
> by:
> test = read.table("dat.txt", header=F)
> I know I could use "cbind()". It's easy to do when the number of columns
> is small (i.e. cbind(test$V1, test$V2)). But how about build a matrix "X"
> by combine the first 500 columns. Is there an easy way to write the
> expression?


Or read the data as a matrix in the first place, using scan (as 
recommended on the help page for read.table *and* the relevant manual).

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