[R] Summary of Forcing variables types when using read.table

Peter Dalgaard BSA p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk
Wed Jul 11 22:02:23 CEST 2001

"David Kane  <David Kane" <a296180 at mica.fmr.com> writes:

> Thanks to Martyn Plummer and Vele Samak for taking the time to answer my
> problem. scan certainly will do the trick. However, having taken a look at the
> code for read.table, it seems to me that I might be able to add in a "what"
> argument and then just pass it down to the call to scan. But that won't be
> today's project . . .

Wouldn't work. The scan inside read.table reads *everything* as
character and type.convert converts the type afterwards. However, you
could bypass the type.convert call...

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