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st: RE: trimming leading numbers from a string.


From   "Matt Spittal" <Matt.Spittal@cancervic.org.au>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: RE: trimming leading numbers from a string.
Date   Tue, 23 Sep 2008 15:43:02 +1000

Ashim,

You can use the string functions, see -help string functions- to extract the information that you want. For instance

	generate place = word(cname, -1)

will return the last word in the variable cname. Similarly,

	generate place = word(cname, 2)

will return the second word (although this may not be what you want as there is only one word in your first example).

-- Matt
matt.spittal@cancervic.org.au


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
[mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu]On Behalf Of Ashim Kapoor
Sent: Tuesday, 23 September 2008 3:07 PM
To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject: st: trimming leading numbers from a string.


Hello everyone,


I have a string variable called "cname".

It looks something like this.

                 cname
1.        DELHI
2.    0 HYDERBAD
3.    1 USA
4.     4 AP

I want to remove the leading 0 / 1 / 4 / other numbers from this
string and keep only the alphabets. Is there a do file someone has
written on this ?

Thank you,
Ashim.
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