Re: [R] RODBC excel - need to preserve (or extract) numeric column names

From: David Winsemius <dwinsemius_at_comcast.net>
Date: Tue, 05 Apr 2011 10:10:31 -0400

On Apr 5, 2011, at 4:53 AM, Enrico Schumann wrote:

> At least for Excel 2003 on my computer (Win XP) I can "persuade"
> Excel to
> treat cells like text by prepending a ' to the entry (eg, '1000). Then
> sqlFetch/RODBC should import these cells as character. [But a number
> would
> not be valid column name for a data.frame, and you may run into other
> trouble. See ?make.names]
>

If the problem is that Excel is failing to treat cells as text, then you could also try selecting the cells, then using the Format/Cells panel to specify "Text" rather than "General". But as I suggested before, I suspect the problem is you effort to defeat the usual checking for valid R names.

-- 
David.



> regards,
> enrico
>
>
>
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>> numeric column names
>>
>> I'm using RODBC to read an excel file (not mine!). But I'm
>> struggling to find a way to preserve the column names that
>> have a numeric value. sqlFetch() drops the value and calls
>> them f1, f2, f3,... (ie field number). this is a different
>> approach from read.csv, which will append "V" prior to the
>> numeric column name. sqlFetch isn't so helpful.
>>
>> Is there a way to get the first line of data from the excel
>> file and place it in a vector? Perhaps I can use that method
>> and rename the dataframe column names later?
>>
>> thanks!
>> Michael
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