[R] importing many csv files into separate matrices

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Thu Nov 28 21:28:35 CET 2013

On Nov 27, 2013, at 2:39 PM, yetik serbest wrote:

> Hi Everyone,
> I am trying to import many CSV files to their own matrices. Example, alaska_93.csv to alaska. When I execute the following, for each csv.file separately it is successful.
> singleCSVFile2Matrix <- function(x,path) {
>  assign(gsub(pattern=".csv",x,replacement=""),read.csv(paste(path,x,sep="")))
> }
> when I try to include it in a loop in another function (I have so many csv files to import), it doesn't work. I mean the following function doesn't do it.
> loadCSVFiles_old <- function(path) {
>  x <- list.files(path)
>  for (i in 1:length(x)) {
>   assign(gsub(pattern=".csv",x[i],replacement=""),read.csv(paste(path,x[i],sep="")))
>   }
> }

It appears you are not returning the values that you created inside that function to the global environment. I would have expected that you would either given `assign` an environment argument or that you would have created a list of items to return from the function.



loadCSVFiles_old <- function(path) {
 x <- list.files(path)
 for (i in 1:length(x)) {

> Instead, if I execute the foor loop in the command line, it works. I am puzzled. Appreciate any help.
> thanks
> yetik
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David Winsemius
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