write {base}R Documentation

Write Data to a File


The data (usually a matrix) x are written to file file. If x is a two-dimensional matrix you need to transpose it to get the columns in file the same as those in the internal representation.


write(x, file = "data",
      ncolumns = if(is.character(x)) 1 else 5,
      append = FALSE, sep = " ")


x the data to be written out.
file A connection, or a character string naming the file to write to. If "", print to the standard output connection. If it is "|cmd", the output is piped to the command given by ‘cmd’.
ncolumns the number of columns to write the data in.
append if TRUE the data x are appended to the connection.
sep a string used to separate columns. Using sep = "\t" gives tab delimited output; default is " ".


Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

See Also

write is a wrapper for cat, which gives further details on the format used.

save for writing any R objects, write.table for data frames, and scan for reading data.


# create a 2 by 5 matrix
x <- matrix(1:10,ncol=5)

# the file data contains x, two rows, five cols
# 1 3 5 7 9 will form the first row

# Writing to the "console" 'tab-delimited'
# two rows, five cols but the first row is 1 2 3 4 5
write(x, "", sep = "\t")
unlink("data") # tidy up

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