[Rd] suggestion for addition to substring

Patrick Burns pburns at pburns.seanet.com
Sun Jun 27 11:55:30 CEST 2004

Below is suggested code for adding a "tail" argument to the
"substring" function.

Getting the end of a string is a fairly common operation in
finance where the exchange of an asset is often encoded.

This is a new implementation,  but I don't think there are any
tricky bits I haven't thought of.

function (text, first, last = 1e+06, tail=NULL)
    storage.mode(text) <- "character"
    if(length(tail)) {
                stop("only one of first and tail allowed")
        nc <- nchar(text)
        first <- nc - tail + 1
    n <- max(lt <- length(text), length(first), length(last))
    if (lt && lt < n)
        text <- rep(text, length.out = n)
    substr(text, first, last)
<environment: namespace:base>

As implemented here "tail" gives the distance from the original end of the
strings, not the number of characters in the answer (when "last" is given).

Patrick Burns

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