[R] Regexpr with "."

Chuck Cleland ccleland at optonline.net
Wed Aug 13 17:10:22 CEST 2003

Thompson, Trevor wrote:
> I'm trying to use the regexpr function to locate the decimal in a character
> string.  Regardless of the position of the decimal, the function returns 1.
> For example,
>>regexpr(".", "Female.Alabama")

   You probably want backslashes to indicate that "." should not 
be treated as a metacharacter; it should be taken literally.

 > regexpr("\\.", "Female.Alabama")
[1] 7
[1] 1

hope this helps,

Chuck Cleland

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