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Re: st: Wildcard for string variables


From   Richard Goldstein <richgold@ix.netcom.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Wildcard for string variables
Date   Thu, 17 Jul 2008 09:24:40 -0400

Hugh:

I'm not sure exactly what you are asking, but he strpos function should 
get you there.

Rich

Hugh Colaco wrote:
> Thanks Rich. And what if I'm looking for "Jane" anywhere inside the
> string (i.e. it could be leading, somewhere in the middle, or at the
> end, or even multiple times)?
> 
> Hugh
> 
> 
> On Thu, Jul 17, 2008 at 9:03 AM, Richard Goldstein
> <richgold@ix.netcom.com> wrote:
>> 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.
>>>>
>>>> Thanks in advance,
>>>>
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