[R] Large data files

Andy Elvey andy.elvey at paradise.net.nz
Wed Dec 29 23:37:50 CET 1999

Thomas Lumley wrote:

> Neither R nor S-PLUS is particularly suited to handling large data.  I
> believe S-PLUS has some multithreading, but that its main computations are
> still done by a single processor. However, this is perhaps not the best
> list to get information about S-PLUS.
> You would be better off splitting the data into pieces using some other
> program.  Either S-PLUS or R will handle 550x550 matrices perfectly
> happily if you have that much memory.
> Thomas Lumley
> Assistant Professor, Biostatistics
> University of Washington, Seattle
> ************

  One other possibility that may be worth a try is the language "Yorick" which is
specifically designed with array/matrix processing in mind.  Try the following URL


( Hope this suggestion doesn't offend on an R-help mailing list ... I am a keen
(although new) R user but am also aware of a few other ways of solving

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