Health Canada: Data format [Regulatives / Guidelines]

posted by ElMaestro  – Denmark, 2018-01-15 17:53 (2146 d 21:28 ago) – Posting: # 18173
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Hi Hötzi,

"because of reasons" :-D

You are of course right, but for purposes of importing such data it may be more convenient to rely on only cells with something that can be converted to doubles or a single category of "something else". I know this is not optimal, but there are such technical reasons and restraints.
As a relevant perspective, you try and write a function in R which reads a textfile, figures out numbers of columns and rows, imports the table and uploads every cell value in memory without using the usual read.table or read.csv etc functions. Of course you need at all times to be able to do numerical gymnastics like max(Sneaky.Table[,7], na.rm=T) etc. You'll get sick and tired within 2 minutes and you will be loving the for nice little simplifying rules about the nature of input. Now imagine doing the same in fortran or whatever where you have 1/1000 of the usual R functions. Big trouble...

Yes, life would be easier if the guy using the data you are submitting would be as IT-literate as you are. Well, life just isn't always optimal :-)

Pass or fail!

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