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Re: st: charlist syntax error


From   Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com>
To   "statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu" <statalist@hsphsun2.harvard.edu>
Subject   Re: st: charlist syntax error
Date   Fri, 28 Feb 2014 13:50:43 +0000

We've resolved the problem. I'll send a revised -charlist- to Kit Baum
for SSC, but as advertised he's away for a while.

Thanks to Martyn for his bug report, which prompted a cleaner
rewriting of -charlist-.
Nick
njcoxstata@gmail.com


On 28 February 2014 13:14, Nick Cox <njcoxstata@gmail.com> wrote:
> From the output the culprit is evidently the backtick or left
> quotation mark (char(96)).
>
> The occurrence of the character `  (char(96) was problematic for
> -charlist- given its uses for local macro references.
>
> I found in my files a -charlist- 1.2.0 from 2008 which dealt with this
> problem without crashing, but not well. Evidently I never sent that to
> SSC.
>
> I'll send a -charlist- 1.2.1 to Martyn directly to see if that helps
> his problem
>
> Nick
> njcoxstata@gmail.com
>
>
> On 28 February 2014 12:48, Martyn Sherriff <statams48@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I regularly use charlist (SSC NJC 1.1.0 17 Dec 2002 ) to screen data
>> for strings in supposedly numeric data and I am getting a syntax error
>> with the following variable:
>> .d x35
>> x35             str3    %9s
>>
>> . charlist x35
>> invalid syntax
>> r(198);
>>
>> I can detect the errant characters:
>> . list x35 if missing(real(x35))
>>
>>      +-----+
>>       | x35 |
>>       |-----   |
>>  53. | 29n |
>>  63. |  6`   |
>>       +-----+
>>
>> I would be grateful if somebody could suggest what I am doing
>> incorrectly with charlist (it works with other variables in the
>> dataset).
>>
>> Stata 13.
>>
>> Thank you.
>>
>> Martyn
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