# Converting a String to a Variable Name On-The-Fly and Vice-versa in R

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Recently, I had a professor ask me how to take a string and convert it to an R variable name on-the-fly. One possible way is:

x <- 42 eval(parse(text = "x")) [1] 42 |

Now, suppose we want to go the other way. The trick is just as simple:

x <- 42 deparse(substitute(x)) [1] "x" |

To

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