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RE: st: comparing strings


From   "Nick Cox" <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: comparing strings
Date   Wed, 7 Jul 2010 10:41:14 +0100

You could, but with just two variables 

gen newvar = name != name1 

is much more direct. 

Nick 
n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk 

Abhimanyu Arora

You can use egen newvar=diff(name name1)

On Tue, Jul 6, 2010 at 5:55 PM,  <mt2235@columbia.edu> wrote:

> I have two variables name and name1 that contain strings. How can I compare
> whether the strings are the same or not?
> For example in the same row  name can be "John Smith" and name1 can be "Ray
> Adams" so they are not the same. Or there can be another row that both name
> and name1 are "Jane Gore" so they are the same.

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