[R] Equivalents of Matlab's 'find' and 'end'

Dimitris Rizopoulos dimitris.rizopoulos at med.kuleuven.ac.be
Thu Oct 7 16:35:30 CEST 2004

Hi Bryan,

1. which(x==1)
2. X[2:nrow(X),] or X[,2:ncol(X)]

The "An Introduction to R" document is very usdeful for this kind of 

I hope it helps.


Dimitris Rizopoulos
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Catholic University of Leuven

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bryan L. Brown" <stonefly at mail.utexas.edu>
To: <R-help at stat.math.ethz.ch>
Sent: Thursday, October 07, 2004 4:10 PM
Subject: [R] Equivalents of Matlab's 'find' and 'end'

> Sorry if these questions have been asked recently--I'm new to this 
> list.
> I'm primarily a Matlab user who is attempting to learn R and I'm 
> searching for possible equivalents of commands that I found very 
> handy in Matlab.  So that I don't seem ungrateful to those who may 
> answer, I HAVE determined ways to carry out these processes in 
> 'brute force' sorts of ways in R code, but they lack the elegance 
> and simplicity of the Matlab commands.  Also, if you know that no 
> such commands exist, that bit of knowledge would be helpful to know 
> so that I don't continue fruitless searches.
> The first is Matlab's 'find' command.
> This is one of the most useful commands in Matab.  Basically, if X 
> is the vector
> X=[3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3]
> the command
> 'find(X==1)'
> would return the vector [3, 4] which would indicate that the vector 
> X had the value of 1 at the 3 and 4 positions.  This was an 
> extremely useful command for subsetting in Matlab.  The closest 
> thing I've found in R has been 'match' but match only returns the 
> first value as opposed to the position of all matching values.
> The second Matlab command that I'd like to find an R equivalent for 
> is 'end'.  'end' is just a simple little command that indicates the 
> end of a row/column.  It is incredibly handy when used to subset 
> matrices like
> Y = X(2:end)
> and produces Y=[2, 1, 1, 2, 3] if the X is the same as in the 
> previous example.  This cutsie little command was extremely useful 
> for composing programs that were flexible and could use input 
> matrices of any size without modifying the code.  I realize that you 
> can accomplish the same by Y <- X[2:length(X)] in R, but this method 
> is ungainly, particularly when subsetting matrices rather than 
> vectors.
> If anyone has advice, I'd be grateful,
> Bryan L. Brown
> Integrative Biology
> University of Texas at Austin
> Austin, TX 78712
> 512-965-0678
> stonefly at mail.utexas.edu
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