Remove leading and trailing spaces from character strings

Remove leading and trailing spaces from character strings and other related objects.

Keywords
manip, character
Usage
trim(s, recode.factor=TRUE, …)
Arguments
s

object to be processed

recode.factor

should levels of a factor be recoded, see below

arguments passed to other methods, currently only to reorder.factor for factors

Details

trim is a generic function, where default method does nothing, while method for character s trims its elements and method for factor s trims levels. There are also methods for list and data.frame.

Trimming character strings can change the sort order in some locales. For factors, this can affect the coding of levels. By default, factor levels are recoded to match the trimmed sort order, but this can be disabled by setting recode.factor=FALSE. Recoding is done with reorder.factor.

Value

s with all leading and trailing spaces removed in its elements.

See Also

trimws, sub,gsub as well as argument strip.white in read.table and reorder.factor

Aliases
  • trim
Examples
s <- "    this is an example string    "
trim(s)

f <- factor(c(s, s, " A", " B ", "  C ", "D "))
levels(f)

trim(f)
levels(trim(f))

trim(f, recode.factor=FALSE)
levels(trim(f, recode.factor=FALSE))

l <- list(s=rep(s, times=6), f=f, i=1:6)
trim(l)

df <- as.data.frame(l)
trim(df)
Documentation reproduced from package gdata, version 2.18.0, License: GPL-2

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