jim holtman jho|tm@n @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Tue Feb 23 03:00:31 CET 2021

```It looks like we can look at the last digit of the data and that would
be the column number; is that correct?

Jim Holtman
Data Munger Guru

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Jim Holtman
Data Munger Guru

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Tell me what you want to do, not how you want to do it.

On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 5:34 PM Jeff Newmiller <jdnewmil using dcn.davis.ca.us> wrote:
>
> This gets it into a data frame. If you know which columns should be numeric you can convert them.
>
> s <-
> "x1  x2  x3 x4
> 1 B22
> 2         C33
> 322 B22      D34
> 4                 D44
> 51         D53
> 60 D62
> "
>
> tc <- textConnection( s )
> close(tc)
> if ( "" == lns[ length( lns ) ] )
>   lns <- lns[ -length( lns ) ]
>
> L <- strsplit( lns, " +" )
> m <- do.call( rbind, lapply( L[-1], function(v) if (length(v)<length(L[[1]])) c( v, rep(NA, length(L[[1]]) - length(v) ) ) else v ) )
> colnames( m ) <- L[[1]]
> result <- as.data.frame( m, stringsAsFactors = FALSE )
> result
>
> On February 22, 2021 4:42:57 PM PST, Val <valkremk using gmail.com> wrote:
> >That is my problem. The spacing between columns is not consistent.  It
> >  may be  single space  or multiple spaces (two or three).
> >
> >On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 6:14 PM Bill Dunlap <williamwdunlap using gmail.com>
> >wrote:
> >>
> >> You said the column values were separated by space characters.
> >> Copying the text from gmail shows that some column names and column
> >> values are separated by single spaces (e.g., between x1 and x2) and
> >> some by multiple spaces (e.g., between x3 and x4.  Did the mail mess
> >> up the spacing or is there some other way to tell where the omitted
> >> values are?
> >>
> >> -Bill
> >>
> >> On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 2:54 PM Val <valkremk using gmail.com> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > I Tried that one and it did not work. Please see the error message
> >> > Error in read.table(text = "x1  x2  x3 x4\n1 B12 \n2       C23
> >> > \n322 B32      D34 \n4            D44 \n51     D53\n60 D62
> >",
> >> > :
> >> >   more columns than column names
> >> >
> >> > On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 5:39 PM Bill Dunlap
> ><williamwdunlap using gmail.com> wrote:
> >> > >
> >> > > Since the columns in the file are separated by a space character,
> >" ",
> >> > >
> >> > > -Bill
> >> > >
> >> > > On Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 2:21 PM Val <valkremk using gmail.com> wrote:
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Hi all, I am trying to read a messy data  but facing
> >difficulty.  The
> >> > > > data has several columns separated by blank space(s).  Each
> >column
> >> > > > value may have different lengths across the rows.   The first
> >> > > > row(header) has four columns. However, each row may not have
> >the four
> >> > > > column values.  For instance, the first data row has only the
> >first
> >> > > > two column values. The fourth data row has the first and last
> >column
> >> > > > values, the second and the third column values are missing for
> >this
> >> > > > row..  How do I read this data set correctly? Here is my sample
> >data
> >> > > > set, output and desired output.   To make it clear to each data
> >point
> >> > > > I have added the row and column numbers. I cannot use fixed
> >width
> >> > > > format reading because each row  may have different length for
> >a
> >> > > > given column.
> >> > > >
> >> > > > dat<-read.table(text="x1  x2  x3 x4
> >> > > > 1 B22
> >> > > > 2         C33
> >> > > > 322 B22      D34
> >> > > > 4                 D44
> >> > > > 51         D53
> >> > > > 60 D62            ",header=T, fill=T,na.strings=c("","NA"))
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Output
> >> > > >       x1  x2     x3     x4
> >> > > > 1   1     B12 <NA> NA
> >> > > > 2   2    C23 <NA>  NA
> >> > > > 3 322  B32  D34   NA
> >> > > > 4   4   D44  <NA>  NA
> >> > > > 5  51 D53  <NA>   NA
> >> > > > 6  60 D62  <NA>  NA
> >> > > >
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Desired output
> >> > > >    x1   x2     x3       x4
> >> > > > 1   1    B22    <NA>   NA
> >> > > > 2   2   <NA>  C33     NA
> >> > > > 3 322  B32    NA      D34
> >> > > > 4   4   <NA>   NA      D44
> >> > > > 5  51  <NA>  D53     NA
> >> > > > 6  60   D62   <NA>   NA
> >> > > >
> >> > > > Thank you,
> >> > > >
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