Working with directories

October 24, 2008

(This article was first published on R Tips's blog, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Something quite annoying to me is when I get an R script and I have to change all of the file references in the script. I get something like this this:

source("C:\\Documents and Settings\\UserName\\Data\\...\\File1.R")
data<-read.table("C:\\Documents and Settings\\UserName\\Data\\...\\SomeData.dat")

Besides these being unsightly, file references are also a pain to change. Usually I just delete all but the filename. How can I get away with that? because R remembers what directory you are dealing with and makes all file references relative. so the above becomes:

read more

To leave a comment for the author, please follow the link and comment on their blog: R Tips's blog. offers daily e-mail updates about R news and tutorials on topics such as: Data science, Big Data, R jobs, visualization (ggplot2, Boxplots, maps, animation), programming (RStudio, Sweave, LaTeX, SQL, Eclipse, git, hadoop, Web Scraping) statistics (regression, PCA, time series, trading) and more...

If you got this far, why not subscribe for updates from the site? Choose your flavor: e-mail, twitter, RSS, or facebook...

Tags: , ,

Comments are closed.

Search R-bloggers


Never miss an update!
Subscribe to R-bloggers to receive
e-mails with the latest R posts.
(You will not see this message again.)

Click here to close (This popup will not appear again)