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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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  • Federico Belotti & Domenico Depalo, 2010. "Translation from narrative text to standard codes variables with Stata," Stata Journal, StataCorp LP, vol. 10(3), pages 458-481, September.
  • 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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    1. Bornmann, Lutz & Ozimek, Adam, 2012. "Stata commands for importing bibliometric data and processing author address information," Journal of Informetrics, Elsevier, vol. 6(4), pages 505-512.


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