[R] change read.table by scan

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon Dec 19 15:12:25 CET 2005

read.table _does_ use scan, so why do you claim scan is faster?

There is so much you have not told us that it is impossible to know what 
you want.  Please do read the posting guide and its references and try to 
ask a question that is not predicated on a falsehood.

On Mon, 19 Dec 2005, herodote at oreka.com wrote:

> Hi all,
> Before the amount of data given has grown i was initially using 
> read.table to load the values inside R.
> It was feeding my needs because i could tell read.table h=T, then use 
> attach to access the values by columns names.
> Now it takes 20 seconds to load the data's and the first enhancement i 
> could do is to win some time on the load of the data's...
> How could i use the scan function (which is faster) to build the data as 
> if i've used read.table("file",h=T) then attach?
> /* the code i use actually */
> tab<-read.table("blob/data.dat",h=T)
> attach(tab)
> /* is it possible to produce the same using scan? */
> thks all for understanding my question.
> guillaume.
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