Re: [Rd] A couple of issues with colClasses/setAs

From: Peter Dalgaard <>
Date: Thu 09 Sep 2004 - 00:38:58 EST

Peter Dalgaard <> writes:

> To make it actually work, we should probably fixup the "what" that is
> being passed to scan a bit further upstreams.
> > Might be a good idea to teach colClasses about "factor".
> That's what I thought. Other ideas would be to predefine some standard
> date classes (it's a bit annoying that there's no way to give
> auxiliary information like formats), and maybe to allow a second
> header line containing class names.

Done already, I see (except the class-header idea, which probably requires more thought). Thanks.

While we're in there should we perhaps consider adding pseudo-classes


etc? Or perhaps it is better with a catchall "Date-fmt", i.e., e.g., "Date-%Y%m%d"? That'd be fairly easy to code:

else if (length(grep("^Date-",colClasses[i])))

        as.Date(data[[i]], sub("^Date-(.*)$","\\1", colClasses[i]))

although perhaps not so easy to document concisely.

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