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Create a new character variable!

In below example, I would like to create a new character variable and with the attributes of second variable(FMTNAME)!! Resulting variable is RESULT_C.

RESULT_N       FMTNAME

5                       best.

5                         z5.

5                     dollar5.2

RESULT_C

5

00005

\$5.00

Sukumar

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‎03-17-2014 02:14 AM
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Re: Create a new character variable!

Use the PUTN() function

Data want ;

set have ;

result_C = PUTN (result_N, fmtname) ;

Run ;

(Untested)

Richard

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‎03-17-2014 02:14 AM
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Posts: 644

Re: Create a new character variable!

Use the PUTN() function

Data want ;

set have ;

result_C = PUTN (result_N, fmtname) ;

Run ;

(Untested)

Richard

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Re: Create a new character variable!

You will probably also need a Length statement:

Data want ;

set have ;

Length result_C \$ 5 ;

result_C = PUTN (result_N, fmtname) ;

keep result_C ;

Run ;

(Untested)

Richard

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Re: Create a new character variable!

Just to note RichardinOz, best. will return 8 characters but default so will be truncated by the \$5.  Pop a strip() around the putn, or increase the with to \$10.

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Re: Create a new character variable!

Thank you for the answer! Is there any conventional method other than PUTN() ?

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Re: Create a new character variable!

The PUT functions PUT(), PUTN(), and PUTC(), are the SAS conventional methods for recasting or recoding values.  PUTN() and PUTC() (for character values) allow the format to be provided dynamically, as you require in this case.

@RW9's amendment , or the use of the LEFT() function, is required if you use the modified version I supplied.

Richard

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