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Re: st: Splitting the contents of a cell with enter key as the delimiter


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: Splitting the contents of a cell with enter key as the delimiter
Date   Tue, 3 Dec 2013 18:16:18 +0000

Good news. Thanks for closing the thread with a report of what worked.
Nick
njcoxstata@gmail.com


On 3 December 2013 18:09, Dev Vencappa <Dev.Vencappa@nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:
> Nick,
>
>  Please ignore my previous email. It was a line feed which was used as a delimiter, and I have now sorted it out with the command:
>
> split fullname,parse(`=char(10)')
>
> Thanks for your helpful pointers and advice.
>
> Regards,
> Dev
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu [mailto:owner-statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu] On Behalf Of Nick Cox
> Sent: 03 December 2013 17:29
> To: statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu
> Subject: Re: st: Splitting the contents of a cell with enter key as the delimiter
>
> I won't rule out that it could be CR and LF together.
>
> -charlist-  (SSC) is a simple utility that identifies characters present in string variables.
> Nick
> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>
>
> On 3 December 2013 17:08, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
>> That's not enough information for us to identify which character  that
>> is (Stata sense) but from standard lists e.g.
>> http://www.asciitable.com/ it sounds like carriage return or line
>> feed. Either way, -split- should be up to it. There is an example in
>> the help for -split- showing how to split on tabs, meaning -char(9)-,
>> which should be of the same form.
>>
>> This is one example, where the Statalist convention, urged upon you
>> all by the FAQ but adopted only by a few, of flagging syntax with - -
>> is really helpful, as in
>>
>> I am using the -split- command.
>>
>> Nick
>> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>>
>>
>> On 3 December 2013 16:46, Dev Vencappa <Dev.Vencappa@nottingham.ac.uk> wrote:
>>
>>>      I am trying to split the contents of a string variable which reads as one long name as below when viewing it in the data editor:
>>>
>>> Banc of America Securities LLCJP Morgan & Co IncMorgan Stanley
>>>
>>> But upon closer inspection, this is actually stored with the enter key as a delimiter in the cell as below:
>>>
>>> Banc of America Securities LLC
>>> JP Morgan & Co Inc
>>> Morgan Stanley
>>>
>>> I am trying to use the command split to retrieve and save each of these three business names into three different columns. However, I am not sure how to code split to specify thatthe parser should be the enter key. Can someone please kindly offer a solution to this please? My string variable has thousands such cases where sometimes there are up to 15 different names in the content of a cell delimited using the enter key.
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