[R] grep for strings

Charles C. Berry cberry at tajo.ucsd.edu
Sun Dec 5 03:50:19 CET 2010

On Sun, 5 Dec 2010, Santosh Srinivas wrote:

> I am trying to find the function where I can search for a pattern in a
> text string (I thought I could use grep for this but no :().

Correct, but reading


and running

 	example( grep )

should show you how to do that search.

>> x
> [1] "abcdefghijkl"
> I want to find the positions (i.e. equivalent of nchar) for "cd" and
> in case there are multiple hits .. then the results as a array

You will need to deal with the possibility that there are more 'cd's in 
some elements of 'text' than in others.

So, it is not obvious that an _array_ will work without some special 



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Charles C. Berry                            Dept of Family/Preventive Medicine
cberry at tajo.ucsd.edu			    UC San Diego
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