[R] CSV value not being read as it appears

Jim Holtman jholtman at gmail.com
Fri Jan 14 04:03:50 CET 2011

try strip.white=TRUE to strip out white space

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On Jan 13, 2011, at 21:44, bgreen at dyson.brisnet.org.au wrote:

> I have a frustrating issue which I am hoping someone may have a suggestion
> about.
> I am running XP and R 2.12.0 and saved an EXCEL file that I was sent as a
> csv file.
> The initial code I ran follows.
> dec <- read.csv("g://FMH/FO30122010.csv",header=T)
> dec.open <- subset (dec, Status == "Open")
> table(dec.open$AMHS)
> I was checking the output and noticed a difference between my manual count
> and R output. Two subject's rows were not being detected by the subset
> command:
> For the AMHS where there was a discrepancy I then ran:
> wm <- subset (dec, AMHS == "WM")
> The problem appears to be that there is a space before the 'Open" value
> for two indivduals, as per the example below.
> 10/02/2010  Open
> 22/08/2007   Open
> Checking in EXCEL there does not appear to be a space and the format is
> the same (e.g 'general').  I resolved the problem by copying over the
> values for the two individuals where I identified  a problem.
> Given this problem was not detected by visual scanning I would appreciate
> advice on how this problem can be detected in future without my having to
> manually check raw data against R output.
> Any assistance is appreciated,
> Bob
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