[R] Reading a tab delimted file of varying length using read.table
ligges at statistik.tu-dortmund.de
Sun Jan 17 22:48:37 CET 2016
This is not a tab delimited file (as you apparently assume given the
code), but a fixed width format, hence I'd try:
url <- "http://data.princeton.edu/wws509/datasets/divorce.dat"
widths <- c(9, 13, 10, 8, 10, 6)
f5 <- read.fwf(url, widths = widths, skip = 1, strip.white = TRUE)
names(f5) <- as.character(unlist(read.fwf(url, widths = widths,
Not sure why reading it simply with header=TRUE des not work, but no
time to investiagte this now.
On 17.01.2016 16:31, Pradeep Bisht wrote:
> Hello Experts ,
> Being a SAS developer I am finding it difficult to perform some of data
> cleaning in R that are quite easy to perform in SAS .
> I have been trying to read a .dat file and after a lot of attempts have
> failed to find a solution . Maybe R doesn't have the functionality right
> now or I am not looking in the right place . Here is my code .
> colClasses = c("numeric", "character", "character","character", "double",
> "character" ) )
> The error i get i
> this .
> Error in scan(file, what, nmax, sep, dec, quote, skip, nlines, na.strings,
> scan() expected 'a real', got '912-15yearsNoNo10.546No'
> Also does read.table always calls scan in background to do its job . If so
> why use read.table in first place .
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