Re: [R] Convert character string to number

From: Wacek Kusnierczyk <Waclaw.Marcin.Kusnierczyk_at_idi.ntnu.no>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 14:31:07 +0200

Hans-Jörg Bibiko wrote:
>
> On 21.06.2008, at 01:36, Ken Liu wrote:
>> I would like to convert a character vector
>>
>> xxx <- c("1/2", "1/4")
>>
>> to
>>
>> yyy <- c(0.5, 0.25)
>>
>>
>> , but as.numeric didn't work for me. Could anyone give me a hint
>> please?
>
> There are many many ways, and they're depending on the structure of
> xxx. If you only have such fractions you can use this naïve approach:
>
> as.numeric( gsub("(\\d+)/(\\d+)", "\\1", xxx, perl=T) ) / as.numeric(
> gsub("(\\d+)/(\\d+)", "\\2", xxx, perl=T) )

or:

library(gsubfn)
as.numeric(

    gsubfn("([0-9]+)/([0-9]+)",
    numerator+denominator~as.numeric(numerator)/as.numeric(denominator),     xxx, backref=-2)
)

vQ



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