[R] Optimized File Reading with R

From: Lorenzo Isella <lorenzo.isella_at_gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 15 May 2007 18:39:57 +0200

Dear All,
Hope I am not bumping into a FAQ, but so far my online search has been fruitless I need to read some data file using R. I am using the (I think) standard command:

data_150<-read.table("y_complete06000", header=FALSE)

where y_complete06000 is a 6000 by 40 table of numbers. I am puzzled at the fact that R is taking several minutes to read this file. First I thought it may have been due to its shape, but even re-expressing and saving the matrix as a 1D array does not help. It is not a small file, but not even huge (it amounts to about 5Mb of text file).
Is there anything I can do to speed up the file reading? Many thanks


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