Is there a way to AutoParse a string to another type - e.g. if a Date format then date, else if inte

Hi,

Is there a way to AutoParse a string to another type - e.g. if a Date
format
then date, else if integer than Integer etc, in Rails?

I’m wanting to pass search parameters via a URL, however since
everything in
the URL will be a string it would be good to automatically convert a
string
to the most likely variable type. In particular differentiating between
an
Integer and a Date.

Does this exist somewhere in Ruby already? Or do I have to write
myself?

Thanks in advance

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