[R] Problem with read.table

Marc Schwartz mschwartz at medanalytics.com
Fri Mar 21 20:55:55 CET 2003

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Subject: [R] Problem with read.table

Dear all, 

I was used to work on R1.6 and I have now passed on R1.6.2 but I can't
read my 
file (and that is a big problem!!).
I made a data sheet with some 
spreadsheet in Excell, and save it as separeted by tab .txt.
I write in R
read.table ("file.txt",h=T,sep="/t",dec=",")
But R consider that I have only one column (eG one variable)!!!

I have tried a lot of thing (I don't wrote the spreadsheet,I have
verified in word 
that my column was really separated by tabulation....) but I really
don't find.
It may be really simple but I'm not really good to speak with R!


Sabrina Servanty.


Try reversing the "/" in your 'sep = "/t"' argument.  You have it
reveresed at the moment, assuming that is is copied here as you are
using it.

The tab character is:  "\t"

So the command should be:

read.table ("file.txt",h=T,sep="\t",dec=",")


Marc Schwartz

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