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# Re: st: Need to Split String Variable

 From Michael Stewart To statalist Subject Re: st: Need to Split String Variable Date Thu, 23 May 2013 14:36:49 -0400

```Thanks a lot Nick, it works

On Thu, May 23, 2013 at 2:13 PM, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
> With these problems it helps to have different tools to hand.
>
> Here is a crude way to do it. The advantage of this method should be
> that it is easy to understand in principle.
>
> The algorithm is
>
> loop until we get to the first character:
>        look at the last character
>       if it's a letter remove it
>
> and naturally we need to look at every observation. So, how to do that in Stata?
>
> than we are (I am, strictly) at writing code. (May not apply to Bill
> Gould.)
>
> Let's assume Mike has a -str20-. If it's some other length, as it will
> be, change 20.
>
> clonevar mycopy = mystrvar
>
> qui forval j = 1/20 {
>      replace  mycopy = substr(mycopy, 1, length(mycopy) - 1) if
> inrange(upper(substr(mycopy, -1, 1)), "A", "Z")
> }
>
> That should be it.
>
> Going through it again
>
> substr(mycopy, -1, 1)
>
> is the last character.
>
> upper(<that>) maps "a" .. "z" to "A" .. "Z"
>
> and so forth.
>
> I don't know what Mike wants to do with the "." before the "D" in his
> second example.
>
> P.S. You could try -moss- (SSC). Robert Picard has probably already
> written that post.
>
> Nick
> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>
>
> On 23 May 2013 18:50, Michael Stewart <michaelstewartresearch@gmail.com> wrote:
> ,
>> I am working with ICD9 codes as some of the codes are wrongly coded
>>
>> V45.45.D
>>
>> The goal is to remove the trailing alphabets BUT not leading alphabet
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Thank you ,
Yours Sincerely,
Mike.
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