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st: RE: generating new vars from old by cutting off a portion off the old


From   <MGiles@silverchain.org.au>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: generating new vars from old by cutting off a portion off the old
Date   Mon, 14 May 2007 14:09:23 +0800

Try

gen str State = substr(oldvar,4,2)

This assumes that your original variable was string.



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Sent: Monday, 14 May 2007 14:06
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: generating new vars from old by cutting off a portion off
the old

Hi,

I have a variable that has about 8 characters per observation and I need
to take 2 characters (4th and 5th characters) and generate them as new
variables representing state codes.  So for example, the variable has as
one of its value CITNA134.  The characters I need to extract are NA,
which
will be recoded as State code.  How would I go about doing this?

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