[R] Read in dataset without saving it

Paul Chatfield p.s.chatfield at reading.ac.uk
Wed Jun 9 10:38:45 CEST 2010

A simple question - I have a small dataset to read in and want to copy and
paste part from Excel and paste it into an R script file without creating
more files saving it as a .txt/.csv and then reading that in.  I want to
read in 3 columns e.g.
1 2.5 3.4
1 2.3 3.1
1 2.6 3.9
2 2.9 2.8
2 2.6 2.9
2 2.7 2.9
3 2.3 3.3
3 2.4 3.0
3 2.7 3.2

I thought I could use scan() but don't know how to extend it to multiple
columns?  I thought about using colwise (plyr) but think I am making this
more complicated than it probably should be!  Is there an easy way to do

Any ideas gratefully received,

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