[R] re placePatterns() for multiple words replacement in tm

Bert Gunter gunter.berton at gene.com
Tue Aug 11 20:07:38 CEST 2009

Don't use replacePatterns() (-- and what package is that from, btw??).


Incidentally, "sample" is a rather bad name for your dataset, as it is the
name of a commonly use R function. Ergo, possibility of confusion.

Bert Gunter
Genentech Nonclinical Biostatisics

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Subject: [R] re placePatterns() for multiple words replacement in tm

Hi all,

I wonder how you can replace all words that need to be changed using
replacePatterns().  The following is my code.  I want to replace both "abc"
and "def" to " Yes ".  However, I can only replace the first occurrence in

> sample[[1]]
[1] abc def ghi
> change <- c("abc","def")
> replacePatterns(sample[[1]],change," Yes ")
[1] Yes def ghi

Thank you so much!!!!

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