How to get matching characters?

I’m trying to get common characters from two separate vectors.


x <- c("abcde")
y <- c("efghi")
df <- data.frame(x, y)

Desired output

    x       y     z 
abcde   efghi     e     
lmnop   uvmxw     m

I’ve tried something like this, but it is a bad result:

df |> mutate(m = unique(x, y))

If there are multiple matches, returning a list would work great.

>Solution :

str_intersect <- function(s1,s2) {
  paste0(intersect(strsplit(s1,"")[[1]],strsplit(s2,"")[[1]]),collapse = "")

x <- c("abcde","abc")
y <- c("efghi","b")
df <- data.frame(x, y)

df %>%
  rowwise() %>%
  mutate(m = str_intersect(x,y))

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