[R] Breaking down a list into a table

Ulrik Stervbo ulrik.stervbo at gmail.com
Tue Nov 22 14:57:18 CET 2016

Hi Ferri,

It sounds like the function 'separate' from the tidyr package is what you
look for,


On Tue, 22 Nov 2016 at 14:49 Ferri Leberl <ferri.leberl at gmx.at> wrote:

Dear All,
I asked for support to deal with a hirarchy within a character separated
I solved the problem crudely but effectively by

- Choosing for a TSV as input, where in columns that may contain several
(or as well no) items the items are separated via semicolon
- adding semicolons to the first row to grant that the first row has the
maximum number of semicolons of this column
- grasping the column(x<-myarray[,y], where y is some integer value) and
saving it as a TSV (with only one column)
- importing it again, defining it semicolumn-separated, with fill option

To all those who feel pain reading this: Is there a shortcut?
Thank you in advance.
Yours, Ferri

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