[R] Re ad in a file - produce independent vectors

jimineep jamesrperkins at hotmail.com
Fri Jul 4 16:38:08 CEST 2008

Is there a way of reading in a file in a way that each line becomes a vector:
for example:


breakfast    bacon    eggs    sausage
lunch    sandwich    apple    marsbar    crisps
dinner    chicken    rice    custard    pie

I want to read in this file and end up with 3 different vectors, one called
breakfast which contains "bacon", "eggs", sausage" One called lunch with
"sandwich", "apple"... etc

So is there a way to do this with a file like this?

Or would I need to transpose the file using something like Perl? And since
the vectors are not all of equal length, would I have to also increase the
size of the shorter lines by adding NAs? I'm working with a file much bigger
than this and this could be a bit of a bother...

Kind Regards,

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