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Assigning a macro variable to a character variable in data step

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Assigning a macro variable to a character variable in data step

In the following example, how to assign to a new character variable (newcharvar) the value of a macro variable (charvalue)?  I can do that when the variable is numerical as showed below, but for character variables I get error.


data one;

input var;

datalines;

2

;

run;

%let value=20;

%let charvalue=aa;

data one;

set one;

format newcharvar goodexample $char10.;

goodexample='xx';

newvar=&value;

newcharvar=''&charvalue'';

run;


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‎10-27-2013 02:19 PM
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Re: Assigning a macro variable to a character variable in data step

While at first glance your example looks like you are surrounding the macro variable with double quotes, you are actually surrounding it with two sets of single quotes.  Replace both sets with double quotes.  i.e.:

newcharvar="&charvalue";

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‎10-27-2013 02:19 PM
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Re: Assigning a macro variable to a character variable in data step

While at first glance your example looks like you are surrounding the macro variable with double quotes, you are actually surrounding it with two sets of single quotes.  Replace both sets with double quotes.  i.e.:

newcharvar="&charvalue";

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