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st: Splitting long string variable


From   Max Bulsara <max@dph.uwa.edu.au>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Splitting long string variable
Date   Tue, 07 Jun 2005 15:59:01 +0800

Dear All
I have a long string variable that contains a two digit code. I need to split it into separate variables. I don't have a separator so cannot use 'split'. I could use a substr command but the length of the string can be 50 characters long and hence requires 25 substr commands. Is there another way of splitting this variable? I am using stata v9. Would appreciate any comments.

eg:
Var1 Var11 Var12 Var13 Var14 Var15......
==========================================
aabbccddeeffgg aa bb cc dd ee
aa bbccgg wwzz rr aa bb cc gg
bbddyy bb dd yy


Regards
Max


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