# values - r return position of value in vector

## 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
```