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Re: st: eliminating hyphens in a data cell


From   "Michael Blasnik" <michael.blasnik@verizon.net>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: eliminating hyphens in a data cell
Date   Tue, 15 May 2007 16:55:58 -0400

...
Given the example for the "all numbers" version of 061266276, it may actually be stored as a string. If that is the case, then destring is not what you want. Instead:

replace FEIN=subinstr(FEIN,"-","",.)

Michael Blasnik


----- Original Message ----- From: "Philipp Rehm" <philipp.rehm@gmx.de>
To: <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Sent: Tuesday, May 15, 2007 4:51 PM
Subject: Re: st: eliminating hyphens in a data cell



destring FEIN, ignore(-) replace


Ms. Marilyn Ibarra wrote:
I need to merge two data files by the variable FEIN (federal employer identification number). In one file the FEINS are all numbers (for example: 061266276). In the other file the FEINS have hyphens after the first two digits (for example: 06-1266276). Does anyone know how I can get them to look the same in both files so I can do a merge by the FEIN variable?

Thank you,
Marilyn.
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