10-31-2016 04:20 PM
Trying to understand why when I change the input to Date9, the output is still as a date and time?
In the Data Import step I have changed it so that is only shows date no time, but that is not working any suggestions?
10-31-2016 04:39 PM
If you have a numeric variable containing datetime you can convert it
into date variable and addapt its format:
dt = dhms(today(),0,0,0); /* a datetime variable */
put dt datetime18.;
dt = datepart(dt); /* covertint variable to date only */
format dt date9;
10-31-2016 04:51 PM
ok, I understand that, now, SAS is not my primary so it's new to me. I went though the wizards to set everything up. In the Import Data step is where I tried to change to date9. Where would I put the code for this to work?
10-31-2016 04:51 PM
You may be missing some important information like the code used to read an external file. Their are only two types of data in SAS Numeric and character. How SAS displays specific values is controlled by the format. If you change the "input" you may not have changed the associated display format and the result is that the new values appear to be datetime but are actually dates displayed incorrectly.
10-31-2016 05:28 PM
Time for some details about SAS and dates, times and datetimes. SAS date vales are the number of days since 1, Jan 1960, Datetime values are the number of seconds since midnight 1 Jan 1960. Changing the format after the value is assigned only changes appearance. if you want to get the date value from a datetime value then you use the SAS function DATEPART. If you do not change the value then regardless of what you do with the format the value remains the same and usually not as desired.
OR you change how the data is initially read with the correct informat and format assigned.
Maybe this little program will help a little:
data example; x= '10Oct2016 12:27:18'dt; put "as datetime" x= datetime20.; put "as general numeric" x= best16.; put "as date" x= date9.; y = datepart(x); put "as date9" y= date9.; put "as mmyydd10" y= mmddyy10.; put "as datetime" y= datetime20.; z=0; put "as datetime" z= datetime20.; put "as date" z = date9.; run;
Note that attempting to display a datetime value not terribly far from Jan 1960 means that the seconds interpretted as days will overload the display format and yeild ******** as it exceeds the maximum year the format will display, 9999.