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Re: st: warning: variable has embedded blanks

From   Eric Booth <>
To   "<>" <>
Subject   Re: st: warning: variable has embedded blanks
Date   Thu, 11 Aug 2011 15:37:34 +0000


If by 'blanks' you mean 'spaces' then first take a look at -help trim-.  Sometimes blanks or spaces are other, invisible characters.  To find those I use a combination of -charlist-, -ascii- (or -asciiplot-) all user-written programs from SSC.  After installing these programs you can check for these characters with something like:

replace myvar = trim(myvar)
charlist myvar
di "`r(ascii)'"
ascii      //compare the char list with what should be there
**let's say, you found that your string included invisible char 20, then:
replace myvar = subinstr(myvar, "`=char(20)'" , "" , . )
- Eric
On Aug 11, 2011, at 10:28 AM, Kwaku Damoah wrote:

> Dear Statalisters,
> Please can someone tell me how to remove embedded blanks from variables.
> Kwaku
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