convert string to JSON

I am working with highcharts and am defining the data in a var called legend_with_value.

If I do so as shown in the first example it works fine, however I am building this data set after making a AJAX call and then extracting the data of interest and trying to build the data set.

Question is how to convert the string

//this works
var legend_with_values =  [['Illinois',5],['Indiana',8],['Kansas',9],['New York',10],['North Dakota',6.7],['Pennsylvania',1]];


//this does not work
x =  "[['Illinois',5],['Indiana',8],['Kansas',9],['New York',10],['North Dakota',6.7],['Pennsylvania',1]]";
legend_with_values = $.toJSON(x);

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Ray PaseurCommented:
Please see https://github.com/Krinkle/jquery-json

Maybe something like this (untested):
var myObj = {};
myObj.Illinois = "5";
myObj.Indiana = "8";
myObj.Kansas = "9"; // ETC, ETC
var legend_with_value = $.toJSON(myObj);

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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
How is the data returned to you from the Ajax call? It's of type String it are you creating the string?
You mentioned you were "building this data set" but can you not just start with an empty js object and build on that?
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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
It's your quoting. Single quotes aren't liked by the parser, changing them to double quotes works:

http://jsbin.com/fapeqete/1/edit

x = '[["Illinois",5],["Indiana",8],["Kansas",9],["New York",10],["North Dakota",6.7],["Pennsylvania",1]]';
legend_with_values = jQuery.parseJSON(x);
console.log(legend_with_values);
legend_with_values= JSON.parse(x);
console.log(legend_with_values);

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RobOwner (Aidellio)Commented:
This shows how you can replace all single quotes in the string if you need to
x="testing 'single' quotes";
console.log(x);
t=new RegExp("'","g");
x=x.replace(t,"\"");
console.log(x);

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lvmllcAuthor Commented:
Perfect - that is all it took.
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