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Re: st: Removing a particular expression from string variable


From   "Dimitriy V. Masterov" <dvmaster@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   Re: st: Removing a particular expression from string variable
Date   Wed, 12 Oct 2011 13:08:27 -0400

Try this:

gen address=regexr(address, "(^[\#][0-9]+[ ]*[\-][ ]*)","")

DVM


On Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 1:03 PM, Enayetur Raheem
<eraheem@wechealthunit.org> wrote:
> Dear listers
>
> I am trying to remove a particular expression/pattern from the address field, and retain the remaining portion. I can extract the portion I want to remove, but could not extract the remaining part.
>
> Consider the following data:
>
> clear
> input str60 address
> "#12-4905 Lakeway Drive, College Station, Texas 77845 USA"
> "#12 - 673 Jasmine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90024"
> "2376 First street, San Diego, CA 90126"
> "66666 West Central St, Tempe AZ 80068"
> "12345 Main St. Cambridge, MA 01238-1234"
> "12345 Main St  Sommerville  MA 01239-2345"
> "12345 Main St  Watertwon  MA 01239   USA"
> end
>
> I need to remove anything starting with "#" and ending with "-" in the beginning of the field. That is, I need to remove
>
> "#12-" from the first case
> "#12 - " from the second case (note the space before and after the dash.
> Other cases will remain intact.
>
> The following code gives me the expressions I want to remove.
> gen apt = regexs(0) if regexm(address, "(^[\#][0-9]+[ ]*[\-][ ]*)")
>
> But I actually want to retain the remaining part. What would be the syntax for that? Any clue will be much appreciated.
>
> Thanks in advance.
>
> Enayet
>
>
>
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