R-beta: read.table and large datasets

Rick White rick at stat.ubc.ca
Mon Mar 9 19:50:14 CET 1998

I find that read.table cannot handle large datasets. Suppose data is a
40000 x 6 dataset

R -v 100

x_read.table("data")  gives
Error: memory exhausted
works fine.

read.table is less typing ,I can include the variable names in the first
line and in Splus executes faster. Is there a fix for read.table on the

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