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**Digithead's Lab Notebook**, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)Here a snippet of R to generate a Version 4 UUID. Dunno why there wouldn’t be an official function for that in the standard libraries, but if there is, I couldn’t find it.

```
## Version 4 UUIDs have the form:
## xxxxxxxx-xxxx-4xxx-yxxx-xxxxxxxxxxxx
## where x is any hexadecimal digit and
## y is one of 8, 9, A, or B
## f47ac10b-58cc-4372-a567-0e02b2c3d479
uuid <- function(uppercase=FALSE) {
hex_digits <- c(as.character(0:9), letters[1:6])
hex_digits <- if (uppercase) toupper(hex_digits) else hex_digits
y_digits <- hex_digits[9:12]
paste(
paste0(sample(hex_digits, 8), collapse=''),
paste0(sample(hex_digits, 4), collapse=''),
paste0('4', sample(hex_digits, 3), collapse=''),
paste0(sample(y_digits,1),
sample(hex_digits, 3),
collapse=''),
paste0(sample(hex_digits, 12), collapse=''),
sep='-')
}
```

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