Re: [R] Pasting data into scan()

From: Prof Brian Ripley <ripley_at_stats.ox.ac.uk>
Date: Tue 02 May 2006 - 18:12:39 EST

No tabs are being echoed, so your cut/paste is removing the tabs. What are you pasting from? (Not an R problem, of course.)

On Tue, 2 May 2006, Murray Jorgensen wrote:

> The file TENSILE.DAT from the Hand et al "Handbook of Small Data Sets"
> looks like this:
>
> 0.023 0.032 0.054 0.069 0.081 0.094
> 0.105 0.127 0.148 0.169 0.188 0.216
> 0.255 0.277 0.311 0.361 0.376 0.395
> 0.432 0.463 0.481 0.519 0.529 0.567
> 0.642 0.674 0.752 0.823 0.887 0.926
>
> except that my mail client has replaced the tab separators by blanks. If
> I paste this data into R 2.2.1 what I get is
>
> > strength <- scan()
> 1: 0.0230.0320.0540.0690.0810.094
> 1: 0.1050.1270.1480.1690.1880.216
> Error in scan() : scan() expected 'a real', got
> '0.0230.0320.0540.0690.0810.094'
> > 0.2550.2770.3110.3610.3760.395
> Error: syntax error in "0.2550.2770"
> > 0.4320.4630.4810.5190.5290.567
> Error: syntax error in "0.4320.4630"
> > 0.6420.6740.7520.8230.8870.926
> Error: syntax error in "0.6420.6740"
>
> Aha! I thought, what I need is scan(sep = "\t")
> but this generates the same error messages.
>
> Help! Murray
>
>

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