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How to pull or delete information from a variable

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How to pull or delete information from a variable

I have two instances:

First, I have a data set that contains zip code. Most are the typical 5 digits, but I have some that contain the last four, like so:

731101014   (contains the first 5 and last 4, not separated by anything)

731101014

731101014

731101014

73108          (contains only the first five *what I am needing all zip codes to be formatted in)

73108

73108

73108

73108 

73013-0000  (contains the first 5 and last 4, separated by a dash - )

73013-0000

73013-0000

73013-0000

73013-0000

I am on a bit of a time crunch and need any help I can get on how to best write code to only pull out the first 5 numbers from each zip code and ditch the rest.

Thank you for any help you can give!


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‎09-16-2011 10:51 AM
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How to pull or delete information from a variable

I figured it out.

Went through some of my old code and decided to do the following:

  zipcode_short = substr(zip,1,5);

Did exactly what I was needing.

Decided to post the answer to my own question in case someone else had a similar one and could use the information.

Thanks!

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‎09-16-2011 10:51 AM
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Posts: 71

How to pull or delete information from a variable

I figured it out.

Went through some of my old code and decided to do the following:

  zipcode_short = substr(zip,1,5);

Did exactly what I was needing.

Decided to post the answer to my own question in case someone else had a similar one and could use the information.

Thanks!

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