user969113 user969113 - 1 year ago 147
R Question

Remove pattern from string with gsub

I am struggling to remove the substring before the underscore in my string.
I want to use * (wildcard) as the bit before the underscore can vary:

a <- c("foo_5", "bar_7")

a <- gsub("*_", "", a, perl = TRUE)

The result should look like:

> a
[1] 5 7

I also tried stuff like "^*" or "?" but did not really work.

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The following code works on your example :

gsub(".*_", "", a)
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