guess.sep {tkWidgets}R Documentation

Automatically determines whether a data file has a header and what delimiter is used to separate data columns


This function reads a few lines from a data text file and determines whether a header exists, what the delimiter, and what data type each column is for a given file.


guess.sep(, numLine = 5, seps = "", isFile = TRUE)
guess.header(twoLines, sep)
find.type(, sep, header = FALSE, numLine = 5, isFile = TRUE)
getRowNames(, sep, header, skip)

Arguments a character string for the name of the file of interests
numLine n an integer or character indicating the total number of lines to be read from the file for making the determination
seps seps a vector of characters of potential delimiters to be used to make the determination. Default delimiters include " ", ",", ";", and "t". Anything inaddition to the default will have to be included in seps
twoLines twoLines a vector of character string including the first two lines of a file that will be used to determine whether the file has a header
sep sep a character for the delimiter used to separate columns in a file
vect vect a vector of character or numeric string
header header a boolean indicating whether a file has headers
isFile isFile a boolean that is TRUE when is a file or FALSE an object
skip skip an integer for the number of lines to be skiped using read.table


guess.sep calls guess.sep and find.type to determine the header, delimiter, and column data type of a file.

charOrNum determines which elements of a vector are numeric or character.


This function returns a list containing

header TRUE if there is a header and FALSE otherwise
separater A character string indicating the delimiter used
type A vector of character strings that are either character or numeric


This function is part of the Bioconductor project at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to provide Bioinformatics functionalities through R


Jianhua Zhang

See Also



# Create a temp file
tempData <- matrix(1:20, ncol = 4)
write.table(tempData, file = "tempData", quote = FALSE, sep =
"\t", row.names = FALSE, col.names = TRUE)



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