[R] lexicographic comparison of two vectors

From: Gabriel Valiente <valiente_at_lsi.upc.edu>
Date: Mon, 12 May 2008 20:58:45 +0200

Is there any built-in way to lexicographically compare two vectors of the same length in R? The textbook algorithm could be coded as follows:

lex.cmp <- function (vec1,vec2) {

   for (j in 1:length(vec1)) {
     if (vec1[j] < vec2[j]) { return(-1) }
     if (vec1[j] > vec2[j]) { return(1) }




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