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Re: st: problem with merge

From   "Neil Shephard" <[email protected]>
From   "Ann E Fitzmaurice" <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
To   <[email protected]>
Subject   Re: st: problem with merge
Subject   st: problem with merge
Date   Tue, 07 Jun 2005 11:42:37 +0100

Date sent:      	Tue, 7 Jun 2005 11:29:28 +0100
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> I have variables of the format in one file from dhs
> caseid1
> 1002 9
> 100211
> in a separate file I concatenate two variables and the format becomes
> caseid1 10029 100211 what I would like to do is to eliminate the
> blanks from the variables in each file using trim but cannot get it to
> work, and then to split the variable caseid1 into two variables to
> remove the blank in the middle and then rejoin the two variables so
> that I can merge
> the one file has details relating to household, one line per
> household, the second file has details relating to the household
> member so want the household details to be applied to all household
> members can anyone help

Theres no need to split and concatenate the variables before merging, a very simple 
way to remove the spaces would be to take your first file which contains the spaces in 
the variable caseid1 and do something like...

gen str temp = subinstr(caseid1, " ","", .)
drop caseid1
rename temp caseid1
sort caseid1
merge caseid1 using file2

This assumes that the storage type of the caseid1 in the second file is string (which I 
suspect its likely to be as you say you concatenated two variables together and -egen 
caseid1 = concat(x y)- results in a string).

The 'trick' is to use the subinstr(s1, s2, s3, n) (see -man strfun-) which substitutes string 
s2 for string s3 in string s1 and does so n times.



Neil Shephard
Genetics Statistician
ARC Epidemiology Unit, University of Manchester
[email protected]
[email protected]

"If your result needs a statistician then you should design a better experiment" - 
Ernest Rutherford

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