[R] Using read.csv.sql() to read in specific columns
David.Reiner at xrtrading.com
Mon Sep 22 17:37:57 CEST 2014
That seems right to me.
You might want to look into a persistent connection as in Example 10 at
This will save reloading the DB for every query.
You might even want to create a permanent DB as in Example 9.
This is one of my favorite packages - kudos to Gabor again!
From: r-help-bounces at r-project.org [mailto:r-help-bounces at r-project.org] On Behalf Of Doran, Harold
Sent: Thursday, September 18, 2014 10:38 AM
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Subject: [R] Using read.csv.sql() to read in specific columns
I am dealing with data frames that have thousands of columns and hundreds of thousands of rows and only need a few specific columns from the data. The data take various formats, but normally are tab-delimited.
I have written the following which is working as expected. However, because I�m so new at using sqldf(), just looking for some verification from users that this is in fact efficient and correct in the R-ish sense of the word and generalizable to larger data sets.
tmp <- data.frame(replicate(50, rnorm(10)))
names(tmp) <- paste('item', 1:50, sep='')
read.csv.sql("tmp.txt", sql = "select item1, item2, item50 from file", sep = ' ')
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