Clean or shorten Column names while importing the data itself

August 29, 2017

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When it comes to clumsy column headers namely., wide ones with spaces and special characters, I see many get panic and change the headers in the source file, which is an awkward option given variety of alternatives that exist in R for handling them.

One easy handling of such scenarios is using library(janitor), as name suggested can be employed for cleaning and maintaining. Janitor has function by name clean_names() which can be useful while directly importing the data itself as show in the below example:

library(janitor); newdataobject <- read.csv(“yourcsvfilewithpath.csv”, header=T) %>% clean_names()


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