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Re: st: Another question regarding string variables


From   Steve Nakoneshny <scnakone@ucalgary.ca>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: Another question regarding string variables
Date   Tue, 26 Feb 2013 21:59:50 -0700

Hi Mike,

I don't have access to the help file from my phone, but I'm fairly certain you should be able to extract *any* word from a string var using the -word- function.

Completely untested off the top of my head (with no recollection of the appropriate syntax):

g lname = word(yourvar,1)
g fname = word(yourvar,2)+word(yourvar,3)

The above is an inelegant means of approximating your needs. Adjusting for valid syntax would be a good start. I have no doubt that there are other string function solutions that would equally suffice.

If you are wedded to using -split-, you may with to insert a comma between words 1 & 2 of your string via -subinstr- and then proceed with -split yourvar,parse(,)-.

Steve

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On 2013-02-26, at 9:31 PM, "Michael Stewart" <michaelstewartresearch@gmail.com> wrote:

> HI Steve
> 
> Word will give me the second word
> 
> But What I am trying to get is the first word and rest of the string
> as second variable.
> 
> For ex: John Howard R --> John  & (Howard R ) as two string AND not as
> John & Howard & R  separately  as three string
> 
> Thanks
> MIke
> 
> 
> On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 11:14 PM, Steve Nakoneshny <scnakone@ucalgary.ca> wrote:
>> There is a string function called -word- that will serve your purpose. See -h word- for more details.
>> 
>> Steve
>> 
>> Sent via carrier pigeon
>> 
>> On 2013-02-26, at 8:55 PM, "Michael Stewart" <michaelstewartresearch@gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>>> Hi,
>>> 
>>> I  am sorry to keep bothering you regarding string variables
>>> I am trying to find if there is a function to split a  string "Howard
>>> James R" --> "Howard"  & ("James R")
>>> If I use Split, I would get Howard, James and R which is not what I want
>>> I want to split the string after the first word  into two string
>>> variables  first variable containing first word and second variable
>>> containing rest of the string
>>> 
>>> --
>>> Thank you ,
>>> Yours Sincerely,
>>> Mike.
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