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Re: st: changing values to either all caps or all lowercase


From   William Buchanan <william@williambuchanan.net>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: changing values to either all caps or all lowercase
Date   Thu, 1 Nov 2012 05:07:30 -0700

replace thisvar = lower(thisvar)
replace thisvar = upper(thisvar)
replace thisvar = proper(thisvar)

Nick recommended you look at -help functions- which would clarify this for you. Additionally, -renvars- is a user written command (available from ssc), which renames variables and does not affect the contents of the variables.

HTH,
Billy

Sent from my iPhone

On Nov 1, 2012, at 4:46, Kathleen Oberst <Kathleen.Oberst@hc.msu.edu> wrote:

> I was not successful identifying a command that affected the values, I did find the command "renvars, upper" or "renvars, lower" for modifying the variable names. From your example, I'm interpreting that to mean that I have to create duplicates of all my variables in order to accomplish the same type of editing for the values, is my understanding correct?
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
> Sent: Thursday, November 01, 2012 7:36 AM
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: changing values to either all caps or all lowercase
> 
> -lower()- and -upper()- are functions, not commands. Dopey example:
> 
> sysuse auto
> gen lmake = lower(make)
> gen umake = upper(make)
> edit *make
> 
> Start with -help functions-.
> 
> Nick
> 
> On Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 11:30 AM, Kathleen Oberst <Kathleen.Oberst@hc.msu.edu> wrote:
>> I have a variable (ex. City name) and I'm trying to clean it up. I have the same city entered in as all lowercase, first letter capitalized or all upper case. Is there a way to force them all into upper or lower case? I've tried the "lower" command but it was not recognized. I'm using version 11.
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