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

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Thu 09 Sep 2004 - 04:19:57 EST


On 8 Sep 2004, Peter Dalgaard wrote:

> Prof Brian Ripley <ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk> writes:
>
> > > 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.
> >
> > Is it really so hard to convert such columns from character afterwards?
>
> Couldn't that be said for all of the classes?

Yes, which is why the original colClasses only dealt with those that could avoid conversion (where there can be large time and space benefits).

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