[R] Large datasets in R

From: Deepankar Basu <basu.15_at_osu.edu>
Date: Tue 18 Jul 2006 - 05:00:55 EST


I am a student of economics and currently do most of my statistical work using STATA. For various reasons (not least of which is an aversion for proprietary software), I am thinking of shifting to R. At the current juncture my concern is the following: would I be able to work on relatively large data-sets using R? For instance, I am currently working on a data-set which is about 350MB in size. Would be possible to work data-sets of such sizes using R?

I have been trying to read up the posting on the R-archive on this topic; but I could not really understand all the discussion, nor could I reach the "end". So, I am not aware of the current state of consensus on the issue.

It would help a lot if some current user could throw some light on this issue of large data-sets in R.

Thanks in advance.

Deepankar Basu

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