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RE: st: RE: strings

From   Nick Cox <>
To   "''" <>
Subject   RE: st: RE: strings
Date   Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:44:08 +0000

I can't tell what you thought of but didn't tell us! 

More seriously: Please read the help for -string functions-. It tells you about -upper()-, -lower()-, -proper()- and more besides. It's _functions_ here first, not commands. 



> NJC>>> That's not really a -split- problem. "INC" is not a string separator here. I am credited as the original author of -split- so I can tell you that it was not designed for this.
> The easiest recipe (!) I can think of is
> gen reversed = reverse(company)
> replace reversed = subinstr(reverse, "CNI ", "", 1) if substr(reversed, 1, 4) == "CNI "
> replace company = reverse(reversed)

that is how i also thought to do it (without reverse, just checking if
last 3 are "INC"), but hoped for an easier/clear way existance

> NJC>>> In general, you have to clean up inconsistencies before -merge-. -merge- has a difficult enough job as it is!

thus, probably something to make strings all upper cases is a
solution, if there is such string command

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