Re: [R] multiple separators in sep argument for read.table?

From: Prof Brian Ripley <>
Date: Sat, 19 Apr 2008 07:38:57 +0100 (BST)

On Sat, 19 Apr 2008, Johan Jackson wrote:

> Hello,
> Is there any way to add multiple separators in the sep= argument in
> read.table? I would like to be able to create different columns if I see a
> white space OR a "/".

No. read.table() uses scan(), and that requires 'sep' to be a single character (if specified).

You can read your dataset by readLines, change "/" to, say, "\t" by gsub() and then use read.table() on a textConnection() from the resulting character vector.

Brian D. Ripley,        
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University of Oxford,             Tel:  +44 1865 272861 (self)
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