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st: Unique identifier from a string name


From   Barry Quinn <b.quinn@qub.ac.uk>
To   "statlist (statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu)" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   st: Unique identifier from a string name
Date   Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:25:18 +0000

Dear Statalist, 

I would like to create a uniquely identified numerical code from a string variable by ideally converting each letter of the string into a number (but any other solutions that could create a unique identifier from a string are welcomed).
Is there some way of reversing the function char() to do this ?

Many thanks 

Barry Quinn
Lecturer in Finance

Queens University Belfast              Tel: 028 9097 4824
Riddel Hall                                       www.qub.ac.uk/mgt
185 Stramillis Road                         www.barryquinn.com
Belfast                                             b.quinn@qub.ac.uk
Northern Ireland                             @niperino
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