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Re: st: only keep obs of determinate string length

From   Richard Goldstein <>
Subject   Re: st: only keep obs of determinate string length
Date   Wed, 30 Jan 2013 12:51:50 -0500

try this

keep if inrange(length(varname,11,12))


On 1/30/13 12:47 PM, Steve Nakoneshny wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm drawing a blank on what should be a ridiculously easy problem.
> I have a unique string id var. Values in this var vary from 8-16 characters in length. 
I only want to keep obs where the length of the id string is either 11
or 12 characters
long. I know I can solve this in a more cumbersome manner using the
-regex- machinery,
but I was hoping for a more succinct solution using string functions.
I'm having a mental block with choosing the appropriate function.
Suggestions would be
> Thanks,
> Steve
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