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st: Re: Can you search within a dataset for a particular character?


From   "Michael Blasnik" <michael.blasnik@verizon.net>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Re: Can you search within a dataset for a particular character?
Date   Wed, 07 Mar 2007 14:53:50 -0500

The strpos() function returns the position of a substring in any string.

gen hashyphen=(strpos(mystringvar,"-")>0)

will be equal to 1 for any observation with a hyphen in mystringvar.

Michael Blasnik

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Subject: st: Can you search within a dataset for a particular character?



I have a dataset of names stored as string variables. Is there any way to search the dataset for all data containing a particular character, a hyphen for example? Also, is there any way to search the same dataset for all names containing a space (as in last names with a space between them ex. von cannon)? Thank you!
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