Re: [Rd] textConnection performance quadratic (PR#14053)

From: Gabor Grothendieck <>
Date: Mon, 09 Nov 2009 19:10:15 -0500

strsplit can split by separators and strapply in the gsubfn package can split by content.

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 6:40 PM, <> wrote:
> Full_Name: William E. Hopkins
> Version: 2.9.0
> OS: Windows XP
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> textConnection() has quadratic performance.
> A function I wrote was taking outrageous amount of time to execute on a large
> character vector (small test set was used for functional development). I created
> a test harness to execute the function and gather stats (system.time) for
> various dataset sizes (datasets generated by sample() of very large set). If I
> used textConnection() to provide input to read.csv(), the performance was
> quadratic with dataset size. However, if I had the function write the character
> vector to a temp file then read the data back in via read.csv, the performance
> was linear.
> The reason for using a textConnection() was that the character vector was within
> a data frame read in via read.csv. The character vector (URLs) needed to be
> parsed into separate vectors, but no mechanism exists to do that directly (that
> I know of). So, I used sub() to extract the proper pieces and put commas in
> between so that I can use read.csv() to read the comma-separate strings directly
> into vectors.
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