[R] Problem with number characters

Bobby Corpus bobby.corpus at gmail.com
Sat Oct 16 10:35:08 CEST 2004

Hi Scott,

What's the result of running  the linux "file" command on your input file?
Does it give "ISO-8859 text " or something else?

[bobby at thor bobby]$ file test2.txt
test2.txt: ISO-8859 text

Best regards,


On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 11:31:33 -0700, Scott Waichler
<scott.waichler at pnl.gov> wrote:
> I am trying to process text fields scanned in from a csv file that is
> output from the Windows database program FileMakerPro.  The characters
> onscreen look like regular text, but R does not like their underlying binary form.
> For example, one of text fields contains a name and a number, but
> R recognizes the number as something other than what it appears
> to be in plain text.  The character string "Draszt  03" after being
> read into R using scan and ="" becomes "Draszt 03" where the 3 is
> displayed in my R session as a superscript.  Here is the result pasted
> into this email I'm composing in emacs:  "Draszt 0%/1?iso8859-15³"
> Another clue for the knowledgable:  when I try to display the vector element
> causing trouble, I get
>   <CHARSXP: "Draszt 0%/1?iso8859-15³">
> where again the superscipt part is just "3" in my R session.  I'm working in
> Linux, R version 1.9.1, 2004-06-21.  Your help will be much appreciated.
> Scott Waichler
> Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
> scott.waichler at pnl.gov
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