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st: Re: substring help
Something that should work
gen str2 state=reverse(substr(reverse(cntyname),1,2))
There must be an easiest way, but I always choose the less efficient one!
Other options are
gen str2 state=substr(cntyname,index(cntyname," ")+1,2)
gen str2 state=word(cntyname,2)
but these won´t work if there is another space in the name of the county.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Heather Gold" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Tuesday, June 07, 2005 10:32 AM
Subject: st: substring help
> Dear Fellow Listers -
> Someone has probably figured this out previously, but I can't seem to find
> exactly what I need in the archives or help...
> I have a string variable with county and state names merged as one string
> 15 characters long. I need to get rid of the trailing state name.
> For example, I have:
> Genesee NY
> Bronx NY
> Queens NY
> And I want to have only:
> I tried
> gen cnty=substr(cntyname, -2,2)
> But that does the "opposite" of what I want, ie, returns "NY".
> Because the county name varies in length, I can't just do a substring of a
> specific length, starting from the beginning of the variable.
> Shouldn't there be an obvious solution? I can't find it.
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