between: Convenience functions for range subsets.

View source: R/between.R

betweenR Documentation

Convenience functions for range subsets.


Intended for use in i in [.data.table.

between is equivalent to lower<=x & x<=upper when incbounds=TRUE, or lower<x & y<upper when FALSE. With a caveat that NA in lower or upper are taken as unlimited bounds not NA. This can be changed by setting NAbounds to NA.

inrange checks whether each value in x is in between any of the intervals provided in lower,upper.


between(x, lower, upper, incbounds=TRUE, NAbounds=TRUE, check=FALSE)
x %between% y

inrange(x, lower, upper, incbounds=TRUE)
x %inrange% y



Any orderable vector, i.e., those with relevant methods for `<=`, such as numeric, character, Date, etc. in case of between and a numeric vector in case of inrange.


Lower range bound. Either length 1 or same length as x.


Upper range bound. Either length 1 or same length as x.


A length-2 vector or list, with y[[1]] interpreted as lower and y[[2]] as upper.


TRUE means inclusive bounds, i.e., [lower,upper]. FALSE means exclusive bounds, i.e., (lower,upper). It is set to TRUE by default for infix notations.


If lower (upper) contains an NA what should lower<=x (x<=upper) return? By default TRUE so that a missing bound is interpreted as unlimited.


Produce error if any(lower>upper)? FALSE by default for efficiency, in particular type character.


non-equi joins were implemented in v1.9.8. They extend binary search based joins in data.table to other binary operators including >=, <=, >, <. inrange makes use of this new functionality and performs a range join.


Logical vector the same length as x with value TRUE for those that lie within the specified range.


Current implementation does not make use of ordered keys for %between%.

See Also

data.table, like, %chin%


X = data.table(a=1:5, b=6:10, c=c(5:1))
X[b %between% c(7,9)]
X[between(b, 7, 9)] # same as above
# NEW feature in v1.9.8, vectorised between
X[c %between% list(a,b)]
X[between(c, a, b)] # same as above
X[between(c, a, b, incbounds=FALSE)] # open interval

# inrange()
Y = data.table(a=c(8,3,10,7,-10), val=runif(5))
range = data.table(start = 1:5, end = 6:10)
Y[a %inrange% range]
Y[inrange(a, range$start, range$end)] # same as above
Y[inrange(a, range$start, range$end, incbounds=FALSE)] # open interval

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