[R] Read.fwf

Uwe Ligges ligges at statistik.uni-dortmund.de
Wed Sep 15 15:11:21 CEST 2004

Doran, Harold wrote:

> Dear List
> I have a fixed width file with variables of varying width. The help is
> pretty transparent for this feature, but I can't seem to figure out how
> I can make effective use of the package with my data.
> In my dataset, the first 80 columns are of width 1 followed by other
> variables with width larger than 1.
> I think the correct way to do this, by brute force, would be
>>read.fwf(dataset, 1,1,1,...,1,5,...).
> I'm sure I do not need to actually enter 80 "1"s, correct? How might I
> do this more effectively?


"widths  integer vector, giving the widths of the fixed-width fields (of 
one line)."

read.fwf(dataset, c(rep(1, 80), 5, ...))

Uwe Ligges

> Harold
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