Stringi is THE R package for fast, correct, consistent and convenient string/text processing in each locale and any native character encoding
An R package for string manipulation.
"Stringr provides more human-readable wrappers around the base r functions though as of dec 2014 the development version has a branch built on top of stringi mentioned below"
from question "How to remove all whitespace from a string?"
"Stringr is newer based on stringi internally and is often even faster"
from question "How to speed up this string split operation within data.table"