Re: [R] Error: cannot allocate vector of size 3.0 Gb

From: Uwe Ligges <ligges_at_statistik.tu-dortmund.de>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2008 13:07:50 +0100

Can you make the data.frame available somewhere. Actually, I am surprised it need that huge amount of memory to do the plot.

Best,
Uwe Ligges

John wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I have read recent posts on this topic (Dr. Ronnen Levinson's Monday 02:39:55
> pm), but before I install a 64 bit system, and purchase more RAM, I want to
> make sure I understand this interesting issue.
>
> I was attempting to plot a data frame containing Dow Jones stock information:
>

>> length(Date)

> [1] 19957
>> length(Close)

> [1] 19957
>> head(DowJones)

> Date Open High Low Close Volume Adj.Close
> 1 03/26/08 12531.79 12531.79 12309.62 12422.86 4055670000 12422.86
> 2 03/25/08 12547.34 12639.82 12397.62 12532.60 4145120000 12532.60
> 3 03/24/08 12361.97 12687.61 12346.17 12548.64 4499000000 12548.64
> 4 03/20/08 12102.43 12434.34 12024.68 12361.32 2078450000 12361.32
> 5 03/19/08 12391.52 12525.19 12077.27 12099.66 1203830000 12099.66
> 6 03/18/08 11975.92 12411.63 11975.92 12392.66 1263390000 12392.66
>> tail(DowJones)

> Date Open High Low Close Volume Adj.Close
> 19952 10/08/28 240.17 243.33 237.72 239.55 3940000 239.55
> 19953 10/05/28 240.00 243.08 238.22 240.44 4360000 240.44
> 19954 10/04/28 237.75 242.53 237.72 240.00 4330000 240.00
> 19955 10/03/28 238.14 239.14 233.60 237.75 4060000 237.75
> 19956 10/02/28 240.01 241.54 235.42 238.14 3850000 238.14
> 19957 10/01/28 239.43 242.46 238.24 240.01 3500000 240.01
>> plot(Date, Close)

> Error: cannot allocate vector of size 3.0 Gb
>>

>
>
> I currently have installed R 2.60, from source, onto Linux SuSE 10.2. I
> believe it is a 32 bit install:
>
>> dmesg | grep bit 
>> ...
>> hpet0: 3 32-bit timers, 25000000 Hz

>
> I have 1GB of RAM, with circa 883.61 not allocated to hardware after boot.
> I naively thought 19957 rows of data would be easily handled by a fairly new
> computer. R was able to cease execution, and place control back onto its
> interpreter, while a Chart attempt in OpenOffice locks up OpenOffice.
>
> So, will installation of a 64 bit Operating System, and at least an
> additional 1GB of RAM suffice to generate memory space for a 3.0 Gb vector,
> in R?
>
> Much appreciated, time to buy a new computer?
>
> John
>
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