[R] Backslash in sub pattern?

From: Stephan Kolassa <Stephan.Kolassa_at_gmx.de>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 20:09:27 +0200

Dear guRus,

I am trying to replace "~" by "$\sim$" for TeX. However, I can't get the backslash to work. I would like to turn "DV~IV" into "DV$\sim$IV".

sub("~","$\sim$","DV~IV") => "DV$sim$IV"
sub("~","$\\sim$","DV~IV") => "DV$sim$IV"
sub("~","$\\\sim$","DV~IV") => "DV$sim$IV"
sub("~","$\\\\sim$","DV~IV") => "DV$\\sim$IV"

Alternatives 1 and 3 also yield warnings about unknown escape sequences (no surprise there). I have been unsuccessfully searching the archives. sessionInfo below.

Thank you all for your time!

Best regards

> sessionInfo()

R version 2.7.1 (2008-06-23)


attached base packages:
[1] stats graphics grDevices utils datasets tcltk methods


other attached packages:
[1] svIDE_0.9-5

loaded via a namespace (and not attached): [1] svMisc_0.9-5

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