[R] using read.table, removing extra quotation mark from a text field? (e.g. ""cat" )
jholtman at gmail.com
Sun Sep 12 21:58:45 CEST 2010
You can use the 'gsub' command to remove the quote marks. You could
readLines/writeLines the file to clean it up with gsub before using
read.table on it so it can all be done within R.
On Sun, Sep 12, 2010 at 1:58 PM, Eva Nordstrom <eva.nordstrom at yahoo.com> wrote:
> I am using read.table to import a text file within R.
> There are several "errors" in my text file. An "extra" quotation mark has
> inadvertently been included within a few text fields.
> e.g. for a pipe (|) delimited text file, I have something similar to this:
> 1|7|30| "dog"
> 2|6|25| ""cat"
> 4|5| 56| "mouse"
> 5|3|56| ""horse"
> 6|56| ""
> In the above example| there are extra quotation marks within the fields for cat
> and horse. (row 2 and row 5)
> e.g. "cat , "horse
> One solution is to simply edit the text file and remove the extra quotation
> Is there a "good solution" I can implement form within R?
> I am OK with just importing the extra quotation marks and having nit show up as
> part of the text field within R.
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