Re: [R] how to skip certain rows when reading data

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Fri 28 Jul 2006 - 16:40:21 EST

On Thu, 27 Jul 2006, wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am reading the data using "read.table". However, there are a few rows I
> want to skip. How can I do that in an easy way? Suppose I know the row
> number that I want to skip. Thanks so much!

The easy way is to read the whole data frame and using indexing (see `An Introduction to R') to remove the rows you do not want to retain. E.g. to remove rows 17 and 137

mydf <- read.table(...)[-c(17, 137), ]

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