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R Data Analysis Cookbook - Second Edition by Kuntal Ganguly

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Excluding columns from data

To exclude a column, make the column width negative. Thus, to exclude the email column, we will specify its width as -20 and also remove the column name from the col.names vector, as follows:

> student <- read.fwf("student-fwf.txt",widths=c(4,15,-20,15,4),     col.names=c("id","name","major","year")) 

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