[R] Object name and Strings?

Prof Brian Ripley ripley at stats.ox.ac.uk
Tue Jul 18 11:00:59 CEST 2006

On Tue, 18 Jul 2006, Stéphane Cruveiller wrote:

> Hi all,
> Is there a simple way to convert an object name to a characters string?

Yes, as.character, as in

> x <- as.name("foo")
> x
> as.character(x)
[1] "foo"

However, I suspect you are not using the words in their technical sense
(a name is a synonym for a symbol in R), so if this is not the answer, 
please give us an example of what you are trying to do (which might be 

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