[R] Select varying LS digits in long numbers?

(Ted Harding) Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk
Thu Sep 29 19:45:31 CEST 2005

Hi Folks,

I'm trying to find a neat solution to an apparently simple
problem, but one which turns out to be a bit more intricate
and tricky than one might expect.

Suppose I have numbers given to a large number of digits.
For example


where (though I don't know this beforehand) only the last
3 digits will be varying (and all 3 will vary).

What I want is, give a vector x of such numbers, to extract
the minimal set of final digits which will include the varying
digits (i.e. in this case the last 3 digits). And there may be
a decimal point somewhere along the line (though again I won't
know where, nor whether).

I can think of brute-force ways of doing this, but I'd like
a neat one!

Best wishes to all,

E-Mail: (Ted Harding) <Ted.Harding at nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
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Date: 29-Sep-05                                       Time: 18:45:26
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