[R] Newbie query - reading data into R

Andy Elvey andyelv at ibm.net
Tue Jan 26 10:30:09 CET 1999

( This may seem a basic query, but anyway ... here goes ... :-)  

I have a simple ASCII dataset which I'm trying to read into R (and
trying to get R  to accept it as a data-frame).  The data is of the form

 City           Number
 Napier         324
 Auckland       657
 Wellington     879
 Christchurch   904
  - and so on.   The data is separated by tabs , as above.  

 I use the read.table function as follows - 

  a <- read.table("C:\\RNew\\Doc\\data1.txt",as.is=F,header=T) 

 This reads the data in OK, but it is as a list - not as a data-frame.
How can I use the read.table function to read the data into a

 I have documentation for S-plus and have read the R documentation, but
so far -  no success. 
 Hope someone can help here..... :-)  Thanks in advance.
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