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Translation from narrative text to standard codes variables with Stata

  • Federico Belotti


    (University of Rome "Tor Vergata")

  • Domenico Depalo


    (Bank of Italy)

In this article, we describe screening, a new Stata command for data management that can be used to examine the content of complex narrative-text variables to identify one or more user-defined keywords. The command is useful when dealing with string data contaminated with abbreviations, typos, or mistakes. A rich set of options allows a direct translation from the original narrative string to a user-defined standard coding scheme. Moreover, screening is flexible enough to facilitate the merging of information from different sources and to extract or reorganize the content of string variables.

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Article provided by StataCorp LP in its journal Stata Journal.

Volume (Year): 10 (2010)
Issue (Month): 3 (September)
Pages: 458-481

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Handle: RePEc:tsj:stataj:v:10:y:2010:i:3:p:458-481
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  1. Rafal Raciborski, 2008. "kountry: A Stata utility for merging cross-country data from multiple sources," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 8(3), pages 390-400, September.
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