[R] shifted window of string

From: david hilton shanabrook <davidshanabrook_at_me.com>
Date: Mon, 14 Jun 2010 23:46:30 -0400

basically I need to create a sliding window in a string. a way to explain this is:

> v <- c("a","b","c","d","e","f","g","h","i","j","k","l","m","n","o","p","q","r","s","t","u","v","w","x","y")
> window <- 5
> shift <- 2

I want a matrix of characters with "window" columns filled with "v" by filling a row, then shifting over "shift" and continuing to the next row until "v" is exhausted. You can assume "v" will evenly fit "m"

so the result needs to look like this matrix where each row is shifted 2 (in this case):

> m

      [,1] [,2] [,3] [,4] [,5]
[1,] "a" "b" "c" "d" "e"
[2,] "c" "d" "e" "f" "g"
[3,] "e" "f" "g" "h" "i"
[4,] "g" "h" "i" "j" "k"
[5,] "i" "j" "k" "l" "m"
[6,] "k" "l" "m" "n" "o"
[7,] "m" "n" "o" "p" "q"
[8,] "o" "p" "q" "r" "s"
[9,] "q" "r" "s" "t" "u"

[10,] "s" "t" "u" "v" "w"
[11,] "t" "u" "v" "w" "x"

This needs to be very efficient as my data is large, loops would be too slow. Any ideas? It could also be done in a string and then put into the matrix but I don't think this would be easier.

I will want to put this in a function:

shiftedMatrix <- function(v, window=5, shift=2){...




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