[R] large dataset!

Anupam Tyagi Anupam.Tyagi at rediffmail.com
Mon Jul 3 09:53:46 CEST 2006

JENNIFER HILL <jh1030 <at> columbia.edu> writes:

> Hi, I need to analyze data that has 3.5 million observations and
> about 60 variables and I was planning on using R to do this but
> I can't even seem to read in the data.  It just freezes and ties
> up the whole system -- and this is on a Linux box purchased about
> 6 months ago on a dual-processor PC that was pretty much the top
> of the line.  I've tried expanding R the memory limits but it 
> doesn't help.  I'll be hugely disappointed if I can't use R b/c
> I need to do build tailor-made models (multilevel and other 
> complexities).   My fall-back is the SPlus big data package but
> I'd rather avoid if anyone can provide a solution....
> Thanks!!!!
> Jennifer Hill
Dear Jennifer, you may want to look at the R newsletters. A few years ago it had
an article on using DBMS with R, like MySQL, Oracle, etc. This is a frequently
asked question: There are also some posts over the past few years that may be
helpful. I have successfully read large database into MySQL, and accessed it
from R---it was larger than your database. I hope that helps. Anupam Tyagi.

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