Re: [R] reading and analyzing a text file

From: Doran, Harold <HDoran_at_air.org>
Date: Fri, 16 May 2008 10:36:01 -0400


This may be possible using the skip argument in read.table. It's hard to know w/o a bit more info on the structure of the text file.

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> 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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