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st: RE: RE: length(s) question
_A_ problem ...
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org
> [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of Nick Cox
> Sent: 25 October 2004 21:59
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: st: RE: length(s) question
> The problem is the space between your function name
> -length- and its argument.
> The correct syntax is not
> length (s)
> Incidentally, I don't think it follows that every
> string should be the same length for _any_ purpose.
> In general, that would require some padding by spaces. which can
> be very wasteful of storage. I am not clear
> exactly what you want to do, but I've never found
> padding by spaces essential (well, not since
> Stata extended the range of string formats some years
> ago), so there will be a better solution.
> Julia A. Gamas
> > I am trying to determine the length of a string variable
> > because this length
> > changes in each observation and I want to work with substr,
> > so I need the
> > variable to be the same size accross observations. But I'm
> > getting an error
> > message that I simply don't understand how to fix.
> > I write: generate long = length (vp40_11), vp40_11 is the
> > string varible
> > whose length I want.
> > Error message reads: "too few variables specification","r(102)"
> > However, the help section says to write
> > "generate varname = exp" and exp in this case is length (s),
> > where "s" is
> > the string variable.
> > So I can't really understand which variable is missing. Can
> > anybody help me
> > out?
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