[R] Can R handle medium and large size data sets?
joro.kolev at gmail.com
Tue Jan 24 15:17:25 CET 2006
Dear R experts,
Is it true that R generally cannot handle medium sized data sets(a
couple of hundreds of thousands observations) and threrefore large
date set(couple of millions of observations)?
I googled and I found lots of questions regarding this issue, but
curiously there were no straightforward answers what can be done to
make R capable of handling data.
Is there sth inherent in the structure of R that makes it impossible
to work with say 100 000observations and more? If it is so, is there
any hope that R can be fixed in the future?
My experience is rather limited---I tried to load a Stata data set of
about 150000observations(which Stata handles instantly) using the
library "foreign". After half an hour R was still "thinking" so I
stopped the attempts.
Thank you in advance,
Department of Economics and Business
Universitat Pompeu Fabra
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