[R] need help with excel data

Collin Lynch cflynch at ncsu.edu
Wed Jan 21 22:26:25 CET 2015

Dr. Polanski, I would recommend something else.  Given the messy nature of
your data I would suggest using a language like Python or Perl to extract
it to an appropriate format.  Python has good regular expression support
and unicode support.  If you can save your data as a csv file or even text
line by line then it would be possible to write some code to read the file,
match the lines with a simple regular expression, and then spit them back
out as a csv file which you could read into R.

I realize that this means learning a new language or finding someone with
the requisite skills by I would recommend that over attempting to use R's
text processing.


On Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 3:31 PM, Dr Polanski <n.polyanskij at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all!
> Sorry to bother you, I am trying to learn some R via coursera courses and
> other internet sources yet haven’t managed to go far
> And now I need to do some, I hope, not too difficult things, which I think
> R can do, yet have no idea how to make it do so
> I have a big set of data (empirical) which was obtained by my colleagues
> and store at not convenient  way - all of the data in two cells of an excel
> table
> an example of the data is in the attached file (the link)
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B64YMbf_hh5BS2tzVE9WVmV3bFU/view?usp=sharing
> so the first column has a number and the second has a whole vector (I
> guess it is) which looks like
> «some words in Cyrillic(the length varies)» and then the set of numbers
> «12*23 34*45» (another problem that some times it is «12*23, 34*56»
> And the number of raws is about 3000 so it is impossible to do manually
> what I need to have at the end is to have it separately in different excel
> cells
> - what is written in words - |  12  | 23 | 34 | 45 |
> Do you think it is possible to do so using R (or something else?)
> Thank you very much in advance and sorry for asking for help and so stupid
> question, the problem is - I am trying and yet haven’t even managed to
> install openSUSE onto my laptop - only Ubuntu! :)
> Thank you very much!
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