[R] Advice on large data structures

Jim Holtman jholtman at gmail.com
Fri Sep 2 12:33:13 CEST 2011

i would suggest that if you want to use R that you get a 64-bit version with 24GB of memory to start.  if your data is a numeric matrix, you will need 8GB for a single copy.

Do you really need it all in memory at once, or can you partition the problem?  Can you use a database to access the portion you need at any time?

If you only need one, or two, columns at a time, then the use of a database storing the columns might work.  You probably need some more analysis on exactly how you want to solve your problem understanding the limitations of the system.

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On Sep 2, 2011, at 1:13, Worik R <worikr at gmail.com> wrote:

> Friends
> I am starting on a (section of the) project where I need to build a matrix
> with on the order of 5 million rows and 200 columns
> I am wondering if I can stay in R.
> I need to do rollapply type operations on the columns, including some that
> will be functions of (windows of) two columns.
> I have been looking at the ff and bigmemory packages but am not sure that
> they will do.
> Before I get too deep can some one offer some wisdom about what the best
> direction to go would be?
> Switching to C/C++ is definitely an option if it is all too hard
> cheers
> Worik
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