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st: Re: how to destring variables containing char " ' "


From   "Michael Blasnik" <michael.blasnik@verizon.net>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Re: how to destring variables containing char " ' "
Date   Wed, 14 Apr 2004 13:39:30 -0400

This issue has come up on the list before and I think the solution involved
using subinstr to delete the single quote characters -- you may need to
enclose them in compound double quotes in the command :

gen mystring2=subinstr(mystring,`"'"',"",.)
destring mystring2, replace

Michael Blasnik
michael.blasnik@verizon.net

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Shourun Guo" <guosa@bc.edu>
To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Sent: Wednesday, April 14, 2004 12:49 PM
Subject: st: how to destring variables containing char " ' "


> I have a hard time to destring some variables with both characters and
numbers. The numbers are what I want. The characters may contain " ' ". If I
include this character in the option of ignore, I will get error message of
mismatch type. If  I don't, I will be reminded that the conversion won't be
done because some non-numeric character (I am sure it is the " ' ")exists.
It seems that the STATA confuses the double quotation and the single
quotation. Any suggestions.
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