[R] interval between specific characters in a string...

Andrew Simmons @kw@|mmo @end|ng |rom gm@||@com
Sat Dec 3 01:01:18 CET 2022


gregexpr('b+', target_string)

which looks for one or more b characters, then get the attribute

On Fri, Dec 2, 2022, 18:56 Evan Cooch <evan.cooch using gmail.com> wrote:

> Was wondering if there is an 'efficient/elegant' way to do the following
> (without tidyverse). Take a string
> abaaabbaaaaabaaab
> Its easy enough to count the number of times the character 'b' shows up
> in the string, but...what I'm looking for is outputing the 'intervals'
> between occurrences of 'b' (starting the counter at the beginning of the
> string). So, for the preceding example, 'b' shows up in positions
> 2, 6, 7, 13, 17
> So, the interval data would be: 2, 4, 1, 6, 4
> My main approach has been to simply output positions (say, something
> like unlist(gregexpr('b', target_string))), and 'do the math' between
> successive positions. Can anyone suggest a more elegant approach?
> Thanks in advance...
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