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Re: st: string management questions
At 05:24 PM 5/9/2007, Wanli wrote:
1. As far as I know, there is no way to increase that limit. There
are a few matters to note:
I have two questions on string functions:
1. Is there some way to increase the limit of string length of 244? When I
create string from other string variables, I found some weird things happen.
Now I realize it's due to the length limit of string variable. I am using SE
2. I asked this before. I have a string variable. One observation is like
"a, b, f, g, b, a, a, f, g, g". How do I create another variable which shows
no repeated values, i.e., "a, b, f, g". The sequence does not matter. Thank
you very much.
a, that limit applies to both string variables and to string
expressions, which are somewhat different concepts; see -help limits-.
b, if you can work with macros, the limit is much larger; but
beware that some macro operations can be cast in terms of expressions
(using "="), in which case that lower limit takes effect. (Some macro
operations can be done either using expressions or not; it is usually
better not to use expressions.)
2. I don't know how to do this in a variable. But, again, if you can
do it in macros, it is easy. But you need to get rid of the commas --
which you can do with subinstr. Once that is accomplished, you can
use the macro list facilities, in particular -local macro1: list uniq
macro0-. See -help macrolists-. If these values really must reside
in variables, you can loop through the observations, bring the value
into macros, do the operation using the macrolist facilities as shown
above, then store the value back into the variable. Note that
looping through observations is usually not a good idea and usually
not necessary. This might be an exception. But I'm not sure if
there are other better options; maybe I've overlooked something.
I hope this helps.
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