[R] substitution of the ASCII character "squared" AKA "^2" AKA (alt+0178) with a tractable one
dwinsemius at comcast.net
Tue Apr 10 15:54:54 CEST 2012
On Apr 10, 2012, at 9:44 AM, ottorino wrote:
> Deae R helpers,
> the problem I'm facing today is related to the manipulation of a
> The string is coming from a a porosimeter, whose control is under a
> complicate set-up of two computers
> One (running on DOS) is controlling directly the hardware, while the
> other (running on win XP) which process the data is connected to the
> first one via serial. I get the data from this last computer.
> The string I'm trying to process comes from a command like this
>> myString <- readLines(path.to.file, 150)
> and looks like this
>>  "(MPa)\t(mm3)\t(nM)\t(mm3/g)\t(mm3/g)\t(%)\t(m\xb2/g)\t"
> where "\xb2" is the alt+0178 ASCII character
Perhaps, modulo encoding issues I'm not expert in, one more backslash
than you tried:
> gsub( "\\\xb2" , "2", "(MPa)\t(mm3)\t(nM)\t(mm3/g)\t(mm3/g)\t(%)\t(m
> My problem is to find out the regexp to substitute the ASCII 0178
> with a
> simple "2"
> No problem with, say
> gsub('\t',';', myString)
>  "(MPa);(mm3);(nM);(mm3/g);(mm3/g);(%);(m\U3e32623c/g);"
> which incidentally change the "\xb2" to "\U3e32623c",
> but I cannot find a way to search and substitute for "\xb2".
> I've tried many combinations such as
> gsub('\xb', ...
> gsub('\\xb', ...
> gsub('\\xb2', ...
> gsub('\xb2', ... etc
> without success.
> This is surely due to my ignorance of regexp, but I suspect something
> arduous here (at least for me !!).
> Further than this, consider that I'm running a Linux box and that I
> to transfer the code to a mac.......
> I've tried also to see if it possible to change that string at the
> source, but it is possible only on manual basis, quite inconvenient if
> you have to process many files.
> Any help ? I'm quite discouraged ...
> Ottorino-Luca Pantani, Università di Firenze
> Dip.to di Scienze delle Produzioni Vegetali,
> del Suolo e dell'Ambiente Forestale (DiPSA)
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David Winsemius, MD
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