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st: Cleaning Strings and Regular Expressions


From   Cory Smith <corybsmith@gmail.com>
To   statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
Subject   st: Cleaning Strings and Regular Expressions
Date   Wed, 23 Nov 2011 17:57:52 -0500

Hiya all,
I'm looking to use regular expressions or another command to remove an
arbitrary list of characters from a string. For example, I might want
to remove all punctuation so
hi.there,gu;ys. becomes hithereguys

I'd love to use regexr, but it only replaces the first substring. Is
there a way to use (STATA) regular expressions for this? Otherwise I'm
stuck with running subinstr in a for loop.

Cory
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