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Re: st: Getting rid of units in string variable


From   Richard Goldstein <richgold@ix.netcom.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Getting rid of units in string variable
Date   Sat, 18 Sep 2010 16:48:52 -0400

see -help destring- and look at the "ignore" option

Rich

On 9/18/10 4:41 PM, Kanter, Rebecca wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I am in the process of converting string variables to numeric (e.g. weight values), but many have the units entered with the numeric value...
> 
> For example,
>  101.36kg      
>       101.5          
>       101.7     
>      102.51           
>        102kg
> 
> Is there an easier way to get rid of the "kg??" 
> Than to have to do:
> replace  var = "101.36" if var == "101.36kg" (for every entry with units attached)
> 
> Thanks so much,
> Rebecca
> 
> ___________________________________________
> Rebecca M. Kanter
> PhD Candidate
> Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
> Department of International Health
> Center for Human Nutrition
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