Re: [R] reading and analyzing a text file

From: Erin Hodgess <erinm.hodgess_at_gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 09:34:55 -0500

Hi David!

if you use read.table, there is an argument called skip.

You can set that to skip=20, say.

HTH,
Erin

On Fri, May 16, 2008 at 9:30 AM, DAVID ARTETA GARCIA <darteta001_at_ikasle.ehu.es> wrote:
> Dear list,
>
> I have a text file from a scanner that includes 20 lines of text (scanner
> settings) before it actually starts showing the readings in a tabular format
> (headings are ID, intensity, background and few others).
>
> I am a biologist with some experience using R and my question is if it is
> possible to read this file into an R workspace and store the actual readings
> in a dataframe, avoiding the text at the begining. It seems to me that this
> is not the actual purpose of R, but maybe someone can point me to a method
> for doing this. Do I need to parse the file with some other programming
> language? is it possible to link, say, Perl or C++ with R to automate the
> reading and the analysis of such files? The aim is to be able to automate
> this analysis since these files are our routine experimental output.
>
> Thanks for your help,
>
> D.
>
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Erin Hodgess
Associate Professor
Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
University of Houston - Downtown
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