04-09-2016 09:40 PM
I tried to create the data set below, however, I could only read 3 records intead of all of the 7 records. I am wondering what is wrong. Thank you very much !
input med $ 100 ;
omeprazole (Prilosec, Prilosec OTC)
dexlansoprazole (Dexilent, Kapidex)
Zegerid (omeprazole with sodium bicarbonate)
04-11-2016 11:00 AM
There are two issues:
One possible solution is to use list input with the "&" modifier, without which SAS would stop reading a line at the first blank (i.e. read only the first "word"):
input med &$100.;
SAS would now read until the first double blank or the end of the data line, whichever comes first. Hence, you might lose portions of the drug names if double blanks occurred. Therefore, a more robust approach would be to use formatted input in conjunction with the TRUNCOVER option of the INFILE statement (which needs to be inserted in order to specify this option). Without TRUNCOVER, the default option would be FLOWOVER with the unwanted effect described in item 2 above.
infile datalines truncover; input med $100.;