[R] Matching a vector with a matrix row

Joshua Wiley jwiley.psych at gmail.com
Fri Apr 22 06:18:29 CEST 2011

Hi Felipe,

Since matrices are just a vector with dimensions, you could easily use
something like this (which at least on my system, is slightly faster):

results <- which(Matrix %in% LHS)

I'm not sure this is the fastest technique thought.  It will return a
vector of the positions in "Matrix" that match "LHS".  You can easily
convert to row numbers if you want since all columns have the same
number of rows.



On Thu, Apr 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM, Luis Felipe Parra
<felipe.parra at quantil.com.co> wrote:
> Hello I am trying to compare a vector with a Matrix's rows.The vector has
> the same length as the number of columns of the matrix, and I would like to
> find the row numbers where the matrix's row us the same as the given vector.
> What I am doing at the moment is using apply as follows:
> apply(Matrix,1,function(x)all(x%in%LHS))
> but this isn't too fast actually. I would like  to know if any body knows an
> efficient (fast) way of doing this? The matrix contains stings (not
> numbers).
> Thank you
> Felipe Parra
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Joshua Wiley
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University of California, Los Angeles

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