# [SciPy-user] Equivalent to 'match' function in R?

Wes McKinney wesmckinn@gmail....
Thu Jul 24 08:00:38 CDT 2008

```Hi all,

I've been working with users lately who are transitioning from using R to
NumPy/Scipy. Some are accustomed to using the 'match' function, for
example:

> allData <- cbind(c(1,2,3,4,5), c(12, 19, 27, 38, 51))
> allData
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    1   12
[2,]    2   19
[3,]    3   27
[4,]    4   38
[5,]    5   51
> subData <- cbind(c(3,5,1), c(NA, NA, NA))
> subData
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    3   NA
[2,]    5   NA
[3,]    1   NA
> matchInd <- match(subData[,1], allData[,1])
> subData[,2] <- allData[matchInd,2]
> subData
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    3   27
[2,]    5   51
[3,]    1   12
>
>
> allData <- cbind(c(1,2,3,4,5), rep(NA,5))
> allData
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    1   NA
[2,]    2   NA
[3,]    3   NA
[4,]    4   NA
[5,]    5   NA
> subData <- cbind(c(3,5,1), c(27, 51, 12))
> subData
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    3   27
[2,]    5   51
[3,]    1   12
> matchInd <- match(subData[,1], allData[,1])
> allData[matchInd,2] <- subData[,2]
> allData
[,1] [,2]
[1,]    1   12
[2,]    2   NA
[3,]    3   27
[4,]    4   NA
[5,]    5   51

Before I reinvent the wheel, was curious if there was an equivalent function
elsewhere already. If not then some Cython/Pyrex is in order.

Thanks,
Wes
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