[R] Can I improve the efficiency of my scan() command?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Sat Apr 12 09:14:17 CEST 2003

On Sat, 12 Apr 2003, Ko-Kang Kevin Wang wrote:


> For example, the CSV file has 25 columns but I don't need 3 of them (6, 7, 
> and 22).  What I have done is to scan them in anyway, convert the list 
> into a data frame then remove the 3 columns.  Just wonder if it is 
> possible to simply ignore them in scan() to make the process faster?

Yes: see the help page

      If any of the types is `NULL', the corresponding field is skipped
     (but a `NULL' component appears in the result).

If you don't need a data frame, don't do the conversion.  You might
well find read.table setting colClasses is faster than converting by 

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