Opens a data set or workspace from a file. Using
read.table and the foreign package, this dialog supports the following file types:
|R workspace||*.rda and *.rdata|
|Systat||*.sys and *.syd|
|S data dump||*.s3|
The 'Open Data' dialog is located under the 'File' menu. Simply select the file to be loaded from the file system, and click 'Open'. The R name which this data is loaded to can be changed by entering a value into the 'Set Name' field in the lower left hand corner.
If the file is not a text file or a comma separated file, it will be loaded into the workspace. Otherwise a supplemental dialog will be displayed showing a preview of the data file to make sure that the settings are correct.
The 'Record Separator' option allow one to specify what character separates values in the data set. The 'Quote' option lets one define whether the data file defines character variables by surrounding them by quotation marks. The 'Header' option specifies whether the first row contains the variable names.
The function called by this dialog will depend on the type of data loaded. The example above produces the following
temporary.data <- read.table("/Users/Ian/temp.csv",header=T,sep=",",quote="\"")
Other functions that this dialog supports are: