Subset nested list based on element name in R

I have 3 lists called T1, T2, and T3 (shown below). From these lists, I want to extract a subset Q.


T1 <- list(L1, L2)
T2 <- list(NULL, L1, L2)
T3 <- list(L1, NULL, L2)

The output I need is only the list Q which is embedded in the parent lists (T1, T2, and T3).

Here are the solutions I tried, but they all return the NULL value for siblings of Q

lapply(T3, `[[`, "Q")
purrr::map(T3, `[`, "Q")
purrr::map_depth(T3, 2, "Q")

Please suggest a solution to subset Q out of parents T1, T2, and T3. As you can see the position of Q is different in each parent, I am looking for a solution to subset parent list by child name Q instead of hardcoding the position of Q.

>Solution :

There’s no base function that does that. Normally you want to preserve the length of the input when you are mapping/applying over list. You could write a helper function that just returns the first match

first_match <- function(x, name) {
  for (list in x) {
    if (name %in% names(list)) {

first_match(T1, "Q")
first_match(T2, "Q")
first_match(T3, "Q")

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