[R] New to R and need help

Scott Marley azboater at dakotacom.net
Tue Oct 15 06:17:05 CEST 2002

----- Original Message -----
From: "Peter Dalgaard BSA" <p.dalgaard at biostat.ku.dk>
To: "Martin Maechler" <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Cc: "Scott Marley" <azboater at dakotacom.net>; <r-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2002 9:18 AM
Subject: Re: [R] New to R and need help

> Martin Maechler <maechler at stat.math.ethz.ch> writes:
> > >>>>> "Scott" == Scott Marley <azboater at dakotacom.net>
> > >>>>>     on Mon, 14 Oct 2002 08:34:14 -0700 writes:
> >
> >     Scott> All,
> >
> >     Scott> I just took a cool R workshop and I'm chomping at the
> >     Scott> bit to play around with it.  I'm fairly familiar with
> >     Scott> SAS and have some data that I used with Sas.  My
> >     Scott> question is: How do I take a text file(I think my
> >     Scott> instructor called it a rectangular file) and import
> >     Scott> it to R.  In sas you use an input statement followed
> >     Scott> by Variable name and the column numbers for the
> >     Scott> location of the data.  Does R have a similar
> >     Scott> procedure?  What would the syntax look like?  Thank
> >     Scott> you for any help you can offer.
> >
> > help(read.table)
> (Why don't we have examples in there??)
> Specifically, you do something like
> x <- read.table("myfile.txt")
> names(x) <- c("age", "height", "weight")
> or, preferably, add a 1st row containing the variable names to the
> data file and do
> x <- read.table("myfile.txt", header=TRUE)
> There's a number of fine points concerning missing value specification
> and variable types, for which the help page should be consulted.

Peter and all others,

Thank you for your help.  I was able to get the file loaded in.  The data
set I have is unusual in regards to having spaces inbetween variables.
Usually the columns lack spaces inbetween in my other data sets.  In SAS I
would give the variable name then the column #.  Is there a similar
procedure in R?

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