csv2rwl {dplR}R Documentation

Read Ring Width File from CSV


This function reads in a file of ring widths (.rwl) from a text file with comma separated values (csv).





a character vector giving the file name of the csv file.


other arguments passed to read.table.


This is a simple wrapper to read.table that reads in a text file with ring-width data in "spreadsheet" format. I.e., with series in columns and the the years as rows. The first column should contain the years and each subsequent column should contain a tree-ring series. The series names should be in the first row of the file. The deafult for NA values are empty cells or as the character string "NA" but can also be set using the na.strings argument passed to read.table. E.g.,:

Year Ser1A Ser1B Ser2A Ser2B
1901 NA 0.45 0.43 0.24
1902 NA 0.05 0.00 0.07
1903 0.17 0.46 0.03 0.21
1904 0.28 0.21 0.54 0.41
1905 0.29 0.85 0.17 0.76
1906 0.56 0.64 0.56 0.31
1907 1.12 1.06 0.99 0.83

Note that this is a rudimentary convenience function that isn't doing anything sophisticated. It reads in a file, assigns the years to the row names and sets the class of the object to c("rwl","data.frame") which allows dplR to recognize it.

Although arguments can be passed to read.table, this is not designed to be a flexible function. As is the philosophy with dplR, modifying the code is easy should the user wish to read in a different style of text file (e.g., tab delimited). Typing csv2rwl at the R prompt will get the user started.


Function returns an object of class c("rwl", "data.frame") with the series in columns and the years as rows. The series IDs are the column names and the years are the row names.


Andy Bunn

See Also

read.rwl, read.table


# write out a rwl file in a format that csv2rwl will understand
tm <- time(ca533)
foo <- data.frame(tm,ca533)
# this is the temp file where foo will be written
tmpName <- tempfile()
# read it back in using csv2rwl
bar <- csv2rwl(tmpName)
# check to see if identical
# delete temp file

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