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Date:         Thu, 3 Jun 2004 07:34:53 -0600
Reply-To:     "Jose G. Benuzillo" <jose.benuzillo@hci.utah.edu>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Jose G. Benuzillo" <jose.benuzillo@hci.utah.edu>
Subject:      Re: Syntax for string select
Comments: To: jeff_hayes@stratalys.com
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This strips out the first word of a text string if that word ends with a comma.

DATA LIST Fixed /var1 1-60 (A). BEGIN DATA Daschle, Tom (D-SD) Oberstar, James L. (DFL-MN, 8th) Boswell, Leonard L. (D-IA, 3rd) Committee on Financial Services Committee on Agriculture Olver, John W. (D-MA, 1st) Larsen, Rick (D-WA, 2nd) END DATA.

STRING var2(A35). COMPUTE var2=LTRIM(SUBSTR(var1,INDEX(var1,',')+1)). EXECUTE.

Jose

Jose Benuzillo, M.A. Huntsman Cancer Institute Cancer Control and Population Sciences 2000 Circle of Hope Salt Lake City, UT 84112 801.585.6610

-----Original Message----- From: Jeff Hayes, Ph.D. [mailto:jwh_123@yahoo.com] Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 7:00 AM To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Syntax for string select

Hi,

Can anyone help me with the syntax for creating a new string variable that strips out the first word of a text string if that word ends with a comma. So assuming the below vector (TEXT) ...

Daschle, Tom (D-SD) Oberstar, James L. (DFL-MN, 8th) Boswell, Leonard L. (D-IA, 3rd) Committee on Financial Services Committee on Agriculture Olver, John W. (D-MA, 1st) Larsen, Rick (D-WA, 2nd)

The syntax would produce the below vector (NEWTEXT) ...

Daschle Oberstar Boswell

Oliver Larsen

Any help is appreciated!

Cheers, Jeff

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