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Get the index of the values of one vector in another? (2)

I would guess this is a duplicate, but I can't find that so here goes...

I'd like to return the index of second in first:

first = c( "a" , "c" , "b" )
second = c( "c" , "b" , "a" )
result = c( 2 , 3 , 1 )

I guarantee that first and second have unique values, and the same values between the two.


Getting indexes of values is what match() is for.

 first = c( "a" , "c" , "b" )
 second = c( "c" , "b" , "a" )
 match(second, first)
 [1] 2 3 1

I was solving related problem, selecting the elements of a vector based on a pattern. Lets say we have vector 'a' and we would like to find the occurrences of vector 'b'. Can be used in filtering data tables by a multiply search patterns.

a=c(1, 1, 27, 9, 0, 9, 6, 5, 7)
b=c(1, 9)

match(a, b)
[1] 1  1 NA  2 NA  2 NA NA NA

So match() it is not really useful here. Applying binary operator %in% is more convenient:

a %in% b
[1]  TRUE  TRUE FALSE  TRUE FALSE  TRUE FALSE FALSE FALSE

a[a %in% b]
[1] 1 1 9 9

Actually from the match() help %in% is just a wrap around match() function:

"%in%" <- function(x, table) match(x, table, nomatch = 0) > 0




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