[R] Question about the use of large datasets in R

Vadlamani, Satish {FLNA} SATISH.VADLAMANI at fritolay.com
Thu Mar 5 00:07:57 CET 2009

Sorry if this is a double post. I posted the same thing this morning and did not see it.

I just started using R and am asking the following questions so that I can plan for the future when I may have to analyze volume data.

1) What are the limitations of R when it comes to handling large datasets? Say for example something like 200M rows and 15 columns data frame (between 1.5 to 2 GB in size)? Will the limitation be based on the specifications of the hardware or R itself?
2) Is R 32 bit compiled or 64 bit (on say Windows and AIX)
3) Are there any other points to note / things to keep in mind when handling large datasets?
4) Should I be looking at SAS also only for this reason (we do have SAS in-house but the problem is that I am still not sure what we have license for, etc.)

Any pointers / thoughts will be appreciated.


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