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RE: st: Wildcard for string variables

From   "Nick Cox" <>
To   <>
Subject   RE: st: Wildcard for string variables
Date   Thu, 17 Jul 2008 14:27:55 +0100

Note that this is not an answer to the question as asked. 

-regexm("Tom and Tim", "Tim")- is 1. 

You could use -regexm(<whatever>, "^Tim ")- to catch the first word. 

It is a matter of taste, but it seems simpler to me to reach for regular
expression functions only when simpler functions such -substr()- and
-strpos()- don't yield easier answers. 

In fact -word()- is also available for the purpose. 


John Wagai

To get to your final answer use the regex command:

gen seq = regexm(newvar, "Tim")

NB use the newvar generated by Rich below

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Richard
Sent: 17 July 2008 16:04
Subject: Re: st: Wildcard for string variables

Sorry about the typo:

gen byte newvar=substr(sequence,1,4)=="Tim "

Richard Goldstein wrote:
> I don't see any need for a wildcard; how about
> gen byte newvar=substr(sequence,1,4)=="Tim"
> Rich
> Hugh Colaco wrote:
>> Hi Statalisters,
>> I am not sure how the string wildcard works. For example, I have a
>> string variable called "sequence" that has the following
>> observations:-
>> 1. "Tim and Tom and Jane"
>> 2. "Tim and Jane and Tom"
>> 3. "Tom and Jane and Harry"
>> 4. "Jane and Jill"
>> I want to generate a new variable that equals one if Tim is the first
>> name mentioned, and zero otherwise.

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