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turn character var into date var

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turn character var into date var

Hi, I have a series of character variables that are actually dates.  I would like to get them into date format, but don't know how.  Smiley Sad

 

They're currently in the format 10/2/2000.  Keeping that format is fine.  Knowing how to do it in a data step would be most convenient, but proc is fine too.  Thanks for any help! 


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‎04-16-2018 11:54 AM
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Re: turn character var into date var

[ Edited ]
Posted in reply to tellmeaboutityo

As I haven't any test data in the form of a datastep, I am just guessing here:

data want (drop=i);
  set have;
  array cd{3} char_date1 char_date2 char_date3;
  array nd{3} num_date1 num_date2 num_date3;
  do i=1 to 3;
    nd{i}=input(cd{i},ddmmyy10.);
  end;
  format num_date: date9.;
run;

I assumed all your character dates were char_date1, 2 etc.  and you wanted num_date1, 2 etc.

in future please post test data in the form of a datastep so we have something to run rather than guessing.

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‎04-16-2018 11:54 AM
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Posts: 9,193

Re: turn character var into date var

[ Edited ]
Posted in reply to tellmeaboutityo

As I haven't any test data in the form of a datastep, I am just guessing here:

data want (drop=i);
  set have;
  array cd{3} char_date1 char_date2 char_date3;
  array nd{3} num_date1 num_date2 num_date3;
  do i=1 to 3;
    nd{i}=input(cd{i},ddmmyy10.);
  end;
  format num_date: date9.;
run;

I assumed all your character dates were char_date1, 2 etc.  and you wanted num_date1, 2 etc.

in future please post test data in the form of a datastep so we have something to run rather than guessing.

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Re: turn character var into date var

You nailed it! Thanks a bunch!
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