snakeToCamel converts "snake-case" characters such as "NOVA_SCOTIA" to "camel-case" values, such as "NovaScotia". It was written for use by read.argo(), but it also may prove helpful in other contexts.

snakeToCamel(s, specialCases = NULL)



A vector of character values.


A vector of character values that tell which special-cases to apply, or NULL (the default) to turn off special cases. The only permitted special case at the moment is "QC" (see “Details”) but the idea of this argument is that other cases can be added later, if needed.


A vector of character values


The basic procedure is to chop the string up into substrings separated by the underline character, then to upper-case the first letter of all substrings except the first, and then to paste the substrings together.

However, there are exceptions. First, any upper-case string that contains no underlines is converted to lower case, but any mixed-case string with no underlines is returned as-is (see the second example). Second, if the specialCases argument contains "QC", then the QC is passed through directly (since it is an acronym) and if the first letter of remaining text is upper-cased (contrast see the four examples).


library(oce) snakeToCamel("PARAMETER_DATA_MODE") # "parameterDataMode"
#> [1] "parameterDataMode"
snakeToCamel("PARAMETER") # "parameter"
#> [1] "parameter"
snakeToCamel("HISTORY_QCTEST") # "historyQctest"
#> [1] "historyQctest"
snakeToCamel("HISTORY_QCTEST", "QC") # "historyQCTest"
#> [1] "historyQCTest"
snakeToCamel("PROFILE_DOXY_QC") # "profileDoxyQc"
#> [1] "profileDoxyQc"
snakeToCamel("PROFILE_DOXY_QC", "QC") # "profileDoxyQC"
#> [1] "profileDoxyQC"