I am going to be using R for text analysis (mostly clustering, classification and some visualization) and was wondering what mechanisms R provides for handling high dimensional, sparse data sets. If I understand correctly, R does provide some packages (e.g., matrix library) for handling large and sparse matrices - which brings me to my question.
Specifically, I would like to know:
Which R libraries are most appropriate for storing and processing high dimensional sparse data? Just FYI, my data will fit into memory.
Do such libraries inter-operate with existing text analysis (clustering/classification) packages? Would I need to convert these sparse data structures to and from data frames if I need to text analysis? Wouldn't that add additional time overhead to the computations?
I am fairly new to R, so please excuse me if this sounds vague (or too general).