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Problems with text indexing #2114

JBreidaks opened this issue Apr 13, 2017 · 1 comment · Fixed by #3778

Problems with text indexing #2114

JBreidaks opened this issue Apr 13, 2017 · 1 comment · Fixed by #3778


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JBreidaks commented Apr 13, 2017

I have vector with characters:
y <- c('B','Ā','Č','D','Ē','E')

When I sort using order for vector
y2 <- y[order(y)]

[1] "Ā" "B" "Č" "D" "E" "Ē"
y2 <- data.table(y = y2)

If I make vector as data.table and sort with setkeyv then can not get the same result as y2.

test2 <- data.table(y)
setkeyv(test2, "y")

identical(y2, test2)

Maybe can give some solution for this situation?

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MichaelChirico commented Aug 19, 2019

I believe this is due to C ordering:

sapply(c('B','Ā','Č','D','Ē','E'), utf8ToInt)
#   B   Ā   Č   D   Ē   E 
#  66 256 268  68 274  69 

whereas y[order(y)] is using locale sorting, C sorting will be according to utf8ToInt IINM.

Will add a note to the setkey documentation about this.

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