intersect for multiple vectors in R

June 5, 2012
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(This article was first published on One Tip Per Day, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Say you have

a <- c(1,3,5,7,9)
b
<- c(3,6,8,9,10)
c
<- c(2,3,4,5,7,9)
A straightforward way to do the job is:
intersect(intersect(a,b),c)
More cleverly, and more conveniently if you have a lot of arguments:
Reduce(intersect, list(a,b,c))

The Reduce function is part of funprog {base}, which includes

Reduce(f, x, init, right = FALSE, accumulate = FALSE)
Filter(f, x)
Find(f, x, right = FALSE, nomatch = NULL)
Map(f, ...)
Negate(f)
Position(f, x, right = FALSE, nomatch = NA_integer_)

I will learn it and put notes here later.

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