The fortran format statement is:
The read.table command cannot parse the table correctly because there
are no spaces between columns. Although readLines reads the file, it
does not separate the elements into columns. I suspect that the
"what" option of "scan" accomplishes my intent although its
implementation is poorly document in help (or perhaps I am too dense
to understand it).
Can anyone advise as to an efficient means to read these data and
separate into columns?
Dennis Fisher MD
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> I am trying to read a file written by Fortran. Several lines of the
> file are pasted below:
Perhaps read.fwf is what you want? (fwf stands for
"fixed width format"). You would have to work out the
field widths, but it would seem to be pretty straightforward).
[A little bit of extra verbiage will make gmane happier ...]
> Dennis Fisher <fisher <at> plessthan.com> writes:
> > I am trying to read a file written by Fortran. Several lines of the
> > file are pasted below:
> Perhaps read.fwf is what you want? (fwf stands for
> "fixed width format"). You would have to work out the
> field widths, but it would seem to be pretty straightforward).
A couple of points. First, since you know the format statement,
perhaps you control the Fortran program. Then, it might be nicer
to introduce whitespace between the data items, which would
serve two purposes: making read.table() work on the data set and
making it easier for humans to check the data file more easily.
Second, you could look at read.fortran() -- a function that
takes a lightly modified Fortran format specification as an
argument. That seems even better for your purposes than
Mike Prager, NOAA, Beaufort, NC
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