Re: [R] Skipping specified rows in scan or read.table

From: Abhijit Dasgupta <adasgupt_at_mail.jci.tju.edu>
Date: Wed, 09 Apr 2008 15:37:06 -0400

Hi Ravi,

One thing I tend to do is, when using read.table, specify the option 'colClasses='character''. This forces everything to be read as a character. From there, as.numeric works fine, and you don't have to deal with factors and reconverting them.

Hope this helps
Abhijit

Ravi Varadhan wrote:
> Hi,
>
>
>
> I have a data file, certain lines of which are character fields. I would
> like to skip these rows, and read the data file as a numeric data frame. I
> know that I can skip lines at the beginning with read.table and scan, but is
> there a way to skip a specified sequence of lines (e.g., 1, 2, 10, 11, 19,
> 20, 28, 29, etc.) ?
>
>
>
> If I read the entire data file, and then delete the character fields, the
> values are still kept as factors, with each value denoted by its level.
> Since, I have continuous variables, there are as many levels as there are
> values. I am unable to coerce this to "numeric" mode. Is there a way to do
> this so that I can then manipulate the numeric data frame?
>
>
>
> Thanks for any help.
>
> Best,
>
> Ravi.
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