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st: Unique identifier from a string name

From   Barry Quinn <>
To   "statlist (" <>
Subject   st: Unique identifier from a string name
Date   Thu, 24 Nov 2011 11:25:18 +0000

Dear Statalist, 

I would like to create a uniquely identified numerical code from a string variable by ideally converting each letter of the string into a number (but any other solutions that could create a unique identifier from a string are welcomed).
Is there some way of reversing the function char() to do this ?

Many thanks 

Barry Quinn
Lecturer in Finance

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