## Input function Help

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# Input function Help

How to convert the variable checkname from character to numeric?

Given data

Checkname
0-1_check
1-2_check

data want ;
set have;
checkname1=input(checkname,best12.);
run;

Getting missing value(Period)

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‎07-25-2017 03:19 PM
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## Re: Input function Help

Before any programming takes place, it is up to you to decide what you would like the result to be.  For example, you might decide that when CHECKNAME is "0-1_check" that CHECKNAME1 should be 1.  There is nothing that SAS does on its own to make those decisions.

With just a few possible values for CHECKNAME, it might be as simple as this:

data want;

set have;

if checkname='0-1_check' then checkname1=1;

else if checkname='1-2_check' then checkname1=2;

run;

If there are many possible values to translate, you might need to create a rule that describes the outcome, instead of a list of values.  But it all starts with you making the decisions about what the result should look like.

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## Re: Input function Help

A numeric variable in SAS can not contain characters.

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‎07-25-2017 03:19 PM
Super User
Posts: 6,765

## Re: Input function Help

Before any programming takes place, it is up to you to decide what you would like the result to be.  For example, you might decide that when CHECKNAME is "0-1_check" that CHECKNAME1 should be 1.  There is nothing that SAS does on its own to make those decisions.

With just a few possible values for CHECKNAME, it might be as simple as this:

data want;

set have;

if checkname='0-1_check' then checkname1=1;

else if checkname='1-2_check' then checkname1=2;

run;

If there are many possible values to translate, you might need to create a rule that describes the outcome, instead of a list of values.  But it all starts with you making the decisions about what the result should look like.

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Posts: 94

## Re: Input function Help

You are Right, (but it is already created by another user.)

Thank you , I will try renaming the variable.

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