charmatch {base}R Documentation

Partial String Matching

Description

charmatch seeks matches for the elements of its first argument among those of its second.

Usage

charmatch(x, table, nomatch = NA)

Arguments

x the values to be matched.
table the values to be matched against.
nomatch the value returned at non-matching positions.

Details

Exact matches are preferred to partial matches (those where the value to be matched has an exact match to the initial part of the target, but the target is longer).

If there is a single exact match or no exact match and a unique partial match then the index of the matching value is returned; if multiple exact or multiple partial matches are found then 0 is returned and if no match is found then NA is returned.

Author(s)

This function is based on a C function written by Terry Therneau.

See Also

pmatch, match.

grep or regexpr for more general (regexp) matching of strings.

Examples

charmatch("", "")                             # returns 1
charmatch("m",   c("mean", "median", "mode")) # returns 0
charmatch("med", c("mean", "median", "mode")) # returns 2

[Package base version 2.1.0 Index]