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Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu> |

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statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu |

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Re: st: how to handle this type of strings: "text (i.e it containes only one ") |

Date |
Sat, 20 Feb 2010 10:44:42 -0600 |

> A couple of issues that I can see: 1) there is no -delete- command (though you got the right error message, so that is probably just a typo) (2) if you want to say -drop- if a condition is true (say variable is "a"), then you type "drop if variable=="a" with double equal signs. The trick is to work with single and double quotes (see -help quotes-). When Stata evaluates your expression, it see the first set of double quotes in ""text" and sees the extra double quote (after the word "text") as an unmatched pair. If you put single left and right hand quotes around this expression then it will work. Here's an example: *---------------------------BEGIN EXAMPLE clear input str8 var `""text"' "text" end g flag = strpos(var, `"""') drop if flag>0 **or to just get rid of the quotes: clear input str8 var `""text"' "text" end replace var = subinstr(var, `"""', "", .) *---------------------------END EXAMPLE ~ Eric __ Eric A. Booth Public Policy Research Institute Texas A&M University ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu Office: +979.845.6754 Fax: +979.845.0249 http://ppri.tamu.edu On Feb 20, 2010, at 10:18 AM, Adrian Gonzalez wrote: > Dear members > > I have a string VARIABLE that contains the following value "text (the " is part of the string value). > > and I want to delete those rows , but when i write > delete if VARIABLE=""text" > > I get the following error > too few quotes > r(132); > > i am using Stata 10.1 > > Thanks for your help > > > > > * > * For searches and help try: > * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search > * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq > * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/ * * For searches and help try: * http://www.stata.com/help.cgi?search * http://www.stata.com/support/statalist/faq * http://www.ats.ucla.edu/stat/stata/

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