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Re: st: Wildcard for string variables


From   Antoine Terracol <Antoine.Terracol@univ-paris1.fr>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Wildcard for string variables
Date   Thu, 17 Jul 2008 15:13:49 +0200

Along the same line,

gen newvar=word(sequence,1)=="Tim"

should work too.

Antoine

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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