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Re: st: replacing asterisks in a string


From   Eric Booth <ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu>
To   "<statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: replacing asterisks in a string
Date   Mon, 18 Oct 2010 18:43:53 +0000

<>

***********!
clear

inp str10(v1)
"*"
"("
")"
"test(*)"
"tes*t2(*)*"
end

g v2 = strpos(v1, `"("')
g v3 = strpos(v1, `"*"')

g v2a = subinstr(v1, `"("', "", .)
g v3a = subinstr(v1, `"*"', "", .)


//all together//
foreach s in * ( ) {
 replace v1 = subinstr(v1, `"`s'"', "", .)
 }
***********!

- Eric

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Eric A. Booth
Public Policy Research Institute
Texas A&M University
ebooth@ppri.tamu.edu
Office: +979.845.6754



On Oct 18, 2010, at 1:30 PM, Lim, Raymond wrote:

> Hello Statalisters,
> How does one flag a string containing an asterisk, which in Stata is a wildcard? I want to flag the observations with an asterisk and then delete the asterisk. This is what I would do to flag/delete a parenthesis. 
> 
> replace flag_parenthesis=1 if strmatch(varname, "*)")
> replace varname=subinstr(varname,")","",.) 
> 
> Thanks!
> -Raymond
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