[R] read.table problem with column headers

Tom Arnold thomas_l_arnold at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 27 17:05:55 CET 2002

When I use read.table I can't get my column names to
line up with my data. 

The data file has survey response data, and each line
starts with a unique key field (which should be the
row name when it gets read in, right? I've only been
using R for one day so bear with me)

The first row in the file has column names, and the
first name is "Key", followed by "Age" and so on. for

Key;Age;Gender;Years In IT; #more column labels...
20020220_144752_15178;41;0;17; #more data...

When I read this in, saying 
survey = read.table("myfile.dat",TRUE,";")

I wind up with "Age" column being named "Key" and all
the column labels shift to the right. No matter what
I've tried, I can't put *my* header on the first
column of row names. If it put no header on that
column, I get an error "more columns than column

What can I do to get my data labels on correctly?

Tom Arnold
Summit Media Partners
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