Test if a vector contains a given element


Question

How to check if a vector contains a given value?

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5/9/2018 9:33:59 AM

Accepted Answer

Both the match() (returns the first appearance) and %in% (returns a Boolean) functions are designed for this.

v <- c('a','b','c','e')

'b' %in% v
## returns TRUE

match('b',v)
## returns the first location of 'b', in this case: 2
461
4/27/2011 6:15:34 PM

is.element() makes for more readable code, and is identical to %in%

v <- c('a','b','c','e')

is.element('b', v)
'b' %in% v
## both return TRUE

is.element('f', v)
'f' %in% v
## both return FALSE

subv <- c('a', 'f')
subv %in% v
## returns a vector TRUE FALSE
is.element(subv, v)
## returns a vector TRUE FALSE

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