[R] Swedish characters in data frames

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Wed Jul 2 08:19:30 CEST 2003

On Wed, 2 Jul 2003, Neil White wrote:

> I have some data that was prepared while I was Sweden. The columns 
> labelled using ä or å are fine, but for some reason ö is changed to a 
> period.

The reason is in ?data.frame and ?read.table

> so Blåbär stay the same, but Dödved becomes D.dved
> I'd like to keep to original variable names
> the data is read in using
> vegFreqFull <- read.csv("/dat/neil/voles/veg/FrequentFull.csv", header=TRUE)

Use check.names = FALSE.  You should also do this by setting a Swedish 

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