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Re: st: number of words in a text list

From   "NEYMOTIN, FLORENCE" <[email protected]>
To   [email protected]
Subject   Re: st: number of words in a text list
Date   Mon, 11 Jul 2005 14:18:38 -0700

yes, that is exactly what I want. Thanks!

On Mon, 11 Jul 2005 21:59:02 +0100
 "Nick Cox" <[email protected]> wrote:
Eric seems to invoke here a common misconception, the idea that -version #- sets the clock back to version #.
As it happens, -wordcount()- was introduced
in Stata 8, as was documented in its [U]
If the misconception were really true, then -version 1- would certainly disable e.g.
Windows features, which long postdate version 1.
What -version- does is set the clock back very selectively in respect of key capabilities.
In this case, what is of much longer pedigree is
local n : word count "<string>"
which may be what Florence wants.
Nick [email protected]
Eric G. Wruck

I found it in Stata 9.0 by typing <help word> & then by clicking on <string functions>. Apparently, wordcount() has been around since Stata 1 as I was able to use it in a little .do file that specified version 1. In the new Stata manuals flip to page 173 of the Data Management manual.

>>How about the wordcount() function.  Here's an example:

>>>also, is there a way to count how many WORDS are in a string without making a loop to go through the string and check that way ( I want something faster).
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