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How to convert US height values in feet' inches" to numeric value?

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How to convert US height values in feet' inches" to numeric value?

Hey there,

I looked around and I found a few suggestions such as https://communities.sas.com/thread/30121?start=0&tstart=0. However, I have a slightly different scenario and I cannot figure it out by myself.

The observations are saved in a SAS dataset in one char variable like 5' 10, 6' 4" ... etc. The problem I ran into most of the time were unbalanced quotation marks.

The final goal is it to convert the data into a numeric value (total inches or cm) to open it up for numeric procs for better analysis.


Any suggestions are very much appreciated!bas

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Re: How to convert US height values in feet' inches" to numeric value?

Use KSharp's solution from the tread above but change your scan options, to reflect your data.

Probably work on getting the scan to work properly first is a good place to start.

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Re: How to convert US height values in feet' inches" to numeric value?

If the data consistently includes FEET value then you could use something like this:

data check;

input charvar $10.;

inches = sum

(12*input(scan(charvar,1,'"'''),5.)

,input(scan(charvar,2,'"'''),5.)

)

;

put (inches charvar) (=);

cards;

5' 8"

4'

run;

inches=68 charvar=5' 8"

inches=48 charvar=4'

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