Vectors are a commonly used data structure in R. They are used to store sequential (and one-dimensional) values of the same type. In this tutorial, we will look at how to check if an element is present in an R vector with the help of some examples.
How to check if a vector contains an element in R?
You can use the
%in% operator in R to check if an element is present in a vector or not. The following is the syntax –
# check if element e is present in vector vec e %in% vec
TRUE if the value is present in the vector and
FALSE if it’s not.
Let’s look at some examples of using the above syntax to check if a vector contains a given element or not. First, we will create a vector that we will be using throughout this tutorial.
# create a vector vec <- c(2, 4, 6, 8, 10) # display the vector print(vec)
 2 4 6 8 10
We have a vector of even numbers from 2 to 10.
%in% to check if an element is present in a vector
Let’s check if the element
4 is present in the above vector.
# check if 4 is present in vec 4 %in% vec
TRUE as the output since the element
4 is present in the vector,
Let’s look at another example, this time we’ll check with a value that is not present in the above vector. For example, 5.
# check if 5 is present in vec 5 %in% vec
FALSE as the output as the element
5 is not present in the above vector.
is.element() to check if an element is present in a vector
Alternatively, you can also use the
is.element() function in R to check if an element is present in a vector or not. For this, pass the element as the first argument and the vector as the second argument.
Let’s use the same example as above. We’ll check whether the element
4 is present in the vector
vec or not.
# check if 4 is present in vec is.element(4, vec)
We get the same result as above.
You might also be interested in –
- Create a Vector in R – With Examples
- R – Get Element by Index in a Vector
- How to Print a Vector in R?
- R – Get the Length of a Vector
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