[R] Any existing functions for reading and extracting data from path names?

From: Ista Zahn <izahn_at_psych.rochester.edu>
Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 11:52:33 -0500

Hi helpeRs,

I have inherited a set of data files that use the file system as a sort of poor man's database, i.e., the data files are nested in directories that indicate which city they come from. For example:

for(i in paste("deleteme", c("New York", "Los Angeles"), sep="/")) {

    for(j in paste("data", 1:2, ".csv", sep="")) {

        write.csv(data.frame(x=1:10), file=paste(i, j, sep="/"))     }

list.files("deleteme", recursive=TRUE)

What I want to end up with is

  x city wave
  1 New York 1
  1 Los Angeles 1
  1 New York 2
  1 Los Angeles 2

I've started writting a simple function to do this, but it seems like a common situation and I'm wondering if there are any packages or functions that might make this easier.


Ista Zahn
Graduate student
University of Rochester
Department of Clinical and Social Psychology

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