[R] Imported tables from Access 2007

David Winsemius dwinsemius at comcast.net
Thu Mar 18 22:43:11 CET 2010

On Mar 18, 2010, at 4:46 PM, Ryan Utz wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am very new to R and I'm trying to import data from Microsoft  
> Access. So
> far, I've managed to do so successfully using the following code:
> testdb <- file.path("c:\Databse.accdb")

I am surprised that worked. I was under the impression won needed to  
double the back-slashes or use "/"'s. But then I don't use Access or  
odbc, so I may be completely off base.

> channel2 <- odbcConnectAccess2007(testdb)
> data.table <- sqlFetch(channel2,"data")
> This successfully imports a table(?) called "data.table".
> But when I try to run basic stats or manipulate the data I've  
> imported, I
> can only do so when specifying "data.table", rather than the variables
> names (like one can do when importing Excel data. For instance, I  
> need to
> specify:

Please post the results of str(data.table)

There will almost certainly be variable names. They may need to be  
quoted if you have spaces or other special characters in them.


> var_3<-data.table[[1]]-data.table[[2]]
> or
> lm.1<-lm(data.table[[1]]~data.table[[4]])
> Any way I can change the import process so that R recognizes variable
> names? Or at least change what I'm importing so that I can simply  
> use the
> variables names stored in Access? I've tried various combinations of
> "columnnames=TRUE" and "rownames=FALSE" with no success (or at least
> anything that makes sense).
> Thanks ahead of time for any input or advice...
> Ryan
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David Winsemius, MD
West Hartford, CT

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