Re: [R] Can R handle medium and large size data sets?

From: Gabor Csardi <>
Date: Wed 25 Jan 2006 - 03:20:00 EST

Completely agree, i use R to analyze graphs with millions of vertices and tens of millions of edges. (Of course this is a bit different than working with data frames.)

I think your problem is that the foreign package parses/converts your data file slowly, convert it to R format and it will be much faster. The conversion can be a pain, but ideally you have to do it only once.


On Tue, Jan 24, 2006 at 10:51:09AM -0500, Wensui Liu wrote:
> my experience is that 100,000 shouldn't be a problem. of course, it also
> depends on your computer configuration.
> On 1/24/06, Gueorgui Kolev <> wrote:
> >
> > Dear R experts,
> >
> > Is it true that R generally cannot handle medium sized data sets(a
> > couple of hundreds of thousands observations) and threrefore large
> > date set(couple of millions of observations)?
> >

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