[R] Identifying special characters in a text file
fisher at plessthan.com
Fri Feb 12 02:46:07 CET 2010
R 2.10.1 on a Mac
I read in textfiles using readLines, then I process those files, then I use R to execute another program. Occasionally those files contain characters other than letter / numbers / routine punctuation marks. For example, a bullet (option-8 on a Mac) triggers the problem.
Although R can read and process those characters, the other program cannot so I would like to identify these characters and exit gracefully with a warning.
I discovered that the following works:
I am wondering whether anyone has a better approach to this problem.
Dennis Fisher MD
P < (The "P Less Than" Company)
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