[R] R numeric string problem

Andrew C acarrig1 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 12 18:43:41 CEST 2009


I have a text (.dat) file, in which each row contains several long numeric
strings.  One of the strings is 38 digits long, for example:


When I read in the data file, this string shows up as 3.200801e+36.  To get
rid of the scientific notation, I used "options(scipen=999)."  When I did
this, the scientific notation went away, but the numeric string was
incorrect.  It showed as:


Why would the number be incorrect?  All of the other strings within this row
are correct.



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