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Why isn't my variable converting to sas date format?

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Why isn't my variable converting to sas date format?

I have a character variable that I am trying to convert to SAS date format (mmddyy10.)

 

This is the code I am using:

data anzio_dados_fa;
	set anzio_dados_fa 

	(rename=(DISCHARGE_DOC=DISCHARGE_DOCNUM));
	DISCHARGE_DOC = input(DISCHARGE_DOCNUM, mmddyy10.);
	drop DISCHARGE_DOCNUM;

run;

However, when I do a proc contents and look at my variable, it seems to have only converted it to a number variable now. When I look at the "format" and "informat" columns after doing a PROC CONTENTS, these columns for my variable are just blank.

 

How do I convert my variable to a date format? What am I doing wrong in my above code?

 

Thanks in advance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Re: Why isn't my variable converting to sas date format?

Posted in reply to christinagting0

It may help to show those actual Proc Contents results.

 

also if you want the result to LOOK like a date like 10/16/2016 instead of 27123 you need to assign a format:

 

format Discharge_doc mmddyy10.;

 

SAS does not automatically assign an informat just because you use a date informat in an input function unlike and INPUT statement with a format option.

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