[R] Retrieve regular expression groups

OKB (not okblacke) brenbarn at brenbarn.net
Mon May 3 00:03:28 CEST 2010

    	I'm trying to figure out how to get the text captured by capturing 
groups out of a regex match.  For instance, let's say I have the pattern 
"foo ([^ ]+)" and I match it against the string "This is a foo sentence 
I am reading."  The group in the pattern will match the word "sentence" 
in the target string.  How can I get access to this matched group?  All 
I can seem to get the various grep/gsub functions to do is return or 
modify the entire target string.  Isn't there a way to extract ONLY the 
text from a particular group or groups?

--OKB (not okblacke)
Brendan Barnwell
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