[R] Read.table for macs

Henrik Bengtsson hb at maths.lth.se
Wed Jan 22 07:29:03 CET 2003

It should be the same, but then I know nothing about R or Excel for Mac.
Obvious things to check is if it is Excel or R that is the problem, i.e.
have you tested to save your Excel data on a Mac and then tried to
import it into R on a Windows machine and vice versa?

When Europe wakes up they might be able to help you out if you tell them
what version you are running. What does R.Version() say? 

Henrik Bengtsson

> -----Original Message-----
> From: r-help-admin at stat.math.ethz.ch 
> [mailto:r-help-admin at stat.math.ethz.ch] On Behalf Of Hamish McCallum
> Sent: den 22 januari 2003 16:10
> To: R-help at lists.R-project.org
> Subject: [R] Read.table for macs
> Dear All,
> I've been using R for windows for a while, without too many problems. 
> However, I'm forced to use the MAC OS system for teaching, 
> because our 
> teaching labs are mac only (not my idea!!). I have a very 
> basic problem, 
> but one that doesn't appear on the FAQs. I simply want to import data 
> from a spreadsheet. I'm using exactly what works fine on 
> Windows, namely:
> 1    save the file from Excel as tab-delimited, say called 
> "test.txt", 
> with the variable names in the first row.
> 2    Read in into R with
> test<-read.table("test.txt", header=T)
> It does weird things, especially if any variables are characters. For 
> example, it has omitted the 5th observation for the 1st variable, and 
> then appended it to the first variable name. I've tried read.csv with 
> csv files, read.delim, etc. None seem to work. Am I being 
> really silly, 
> and if so, how do you do it? Or is there an easier way to get 
> data into 
> the mac port? Or is the mac port entirely useless?
> Can anyone out there help?
> Thanks
> Hamish McCallum
> -- 
> Dr Hamish McCallum
> Department of Zoology and Entomology
> The University of Queensland
> Brisbane 4072
> Australia
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