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st: Replacing certain characters in variable labels.


From   Anna Reimondos <areimondos@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Replacing certain characters in variable labels.
Date   Fri, 9 Apr 2010 11:49:54 +1000

Hello,
I am currently cleaning a dataset but am having some trouble with the
variable labels. The variable labels are related to the wording of the
actual question in the survey.
For example for the first variable the variable name should   "A
woman's job is to stay at home?"

However whenever apostrophes are displayed strangely so that in the
dataset the name looks like "A woman’s job is to stay at home?".

What I would like to do is to replace all occurrences of "’" with an
apostrophe instead " ' ".

I attempted to do this but it did not work and I am not really sure
what I am doing...

foreach i of varlist _all {
local a: variable label `i'
local a: subinstr("`a'","’","'",.)
label var `i' "`a'"
}

Any help or tips would be much appreciated.
Thanks!
Anna

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