[R] Way to handle variable length and numbers of columns using read.table(...)

Jason Rupert jasonkrupert at yahoo.com
Tue May 5 04:20:53 CEST 2009

I've got read.table to successfully read in my table of three columns.  Most of the time I will have a set number of rows, but sometime that will be variable and sometimes there will be only be two variables in one row, e.g. 

Time Loc1 Loc2
1 22.33 44.55
2 66.77 88.99
3 222.33344.55
4 66.77 88.99

Is there any way to have read.table handle (1) a variable number of rows, and (2) sometime there are only two variables as shown in Time = 3 above? 

Just curious about how to handle this, and if read.table is the right way to go about or if I should read in all the data and then try to parse it out best I can.  

Thanks again.

> R.version
platform       i386-apple-darwin8.11.1     
arch           i386                        
os             darwin8.11.1                
system         i386, darwin8.11.1          
major          2                           
minor          8.0                         
year           2008                        
month          10                          
day            20                          
svn rev        46754                       
language       R                           
version.string R version 2.8.0 (2008-10-20)

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