[R] New to List - just starting to learn R - question about reading in data
Prof Brian Ripley
ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Nov 8 08:05:38 CET 2008
Are you looking for read.fwf?
I've not seen that form of data file since the days of punched cards.
(That _was_ the era when SPSS was written._)
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On Fri, 7 Nov 2008, someone wrote:
> Hi, everyone,
> I'm new to R and the List, and excited to be here. I am coming from a
> background working in SPSS 16, primarily, which has a lot of easy options for
> reading in data. I am working in R in an Ubuntu Linux environment, and I'm
> learning with R Commander.
> Now, here's my question. In my line of work, I'm used to getting data in some
> kind of flat ASCII format with a separate file indicating which columns
> correspond to which variables. In the Venables and Ripley book on S/R that
> I'm reading, there doesn't seem to be a way to read this kind of data format
> into R, and I haven't found anything online.
> If anyone has the tine, I'd sure appreciate a little guidance.
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> and provide commented, minimal, self-contained, reproducible code.
Brian D. Ripley, ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
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