type.convert {utils}  R Documentation 
Convert a character vector to logical, integer, numeric, complex or factor as appropriate.
type.convert(x, na.strings = "NA", as.is = FALSE, dec = ".", numerals = c("allow.loss", "warn.loss", "no.loss"))
x 
a character vector. 
na.strings 
a vector of strings which are to be interpreted as

as.is 
logical. See ‘Details’. 
dec 
the character to be assumed for decimal points. 
numerals 
string indicating how to convert numbers whose
conversion to double precision would lose accuracy, typically when

This is principally a helper function for read.table
.
Given a character vector, it attempts to convert it to logical,
integer, numeric or complex, and failing that converts it to factor
unless as.is = TRUE
. The first type that can accept all the
nonmissing values is chosen.
Vectors which are entirely missing values are converted to logical,
since NA
is primarily logical.
Vectors containing just F
, T
, FALSE
, TRUE
and values from na.strings
are converted to logical. Vectors
containing optional whitespace followed by decimal constants
representable as R integers or values from na.strings
are
converted to integer. Other vectors containing optional whitespace
followed by other decimal or hexadecimal constants (see
NumericConstants), or NaN
, Inf
or infinity
(ignoring case) or values from na.strings
are converted to
numeric. Where converting inputs to numeric or complex would result
in loss of accuracy they can optionally be returned as strings (for
as.is = TRUE
) or factors.
Since this is a helper function, the caller should always pass an
appropriate value of as.is
.
An atomic vector or (for as.is = FALSE
) a factor.