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RE: st: Creating new variable which includes the first 6 symbols of a 9 symbol string variable


From   Nick Cox <n.j.cox@durham.ac.uk>
To   "'statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu'" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   RE: st: Creating new variable which includes the first 6 symbols of a 9 symbol string variable
Date   Tue, 21 Dec 2010 15:23:39 +0000

To spell it out 

gen newvar = substr(strvar, 1, 6) 

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

Neil Shephard

See -man substr()-

Dassen, Sander 

> I need to create a new variable which includes the first 6 symbols of a 9 symbol string variable.
>
> For example:
>
> Y7542C106
>
> should be returned as:
>
>  Y7542C


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