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# If Open_date is non-numeric coding?

Hi SAS Forum,

I was asked to code the following wording in SAS.

if (DATE_OPEN is blank or non-numeric)

then New_variable = 0

Q: It is very easy to code the blue color portion, but I do not know how to code the red color portion. Could someone help me.

if (DATE_OPEN = ' ' or non-numeric)

then New_variable = 0

Thanks

Mirisa

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‎03-27-2017 09:26 PM
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## Re: If Open_date is non-numeric coding?

There are number of ways to see if a variable could be numeric. Easiest might be to attempt a conversion to numeric and see if the result is missing or not.

See if

or (input(date_open,best16.) = .)

However since you have a variable that has DATE in the name then we might need to consider what you might mean by "non-numeric" if the value is something like 01/25/2017 or 3Jan2017.

Also does your definition of "nonnumeric" exclude all forms that may have non-digits such as an arithmetic operation  "3+5", or data such as 1.3E12? Some time clarification of terms is needed as they can get situational for data processing.

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‎03-27-2017 09:26 PM
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Posts: 13,583

## Re: If Open_date is non-numeric coding?

There are number of ways to see if a variable could be numeric. Easiest might be to attempt a conversion to numeric and see if the result is missing or not.

See if

or (input(date_open,best16.) = .)

However since you have a variable that has DATE in the name then we might need to consider what you might mean by "non-numeric" if the value is something like 01/25/2017 or 3Jan2017.

Also does your definition of "nonnumeric" exclude all forms that may have non-digits such as an arithmetic operation  "3+5", or data such as 1.3E12? Some time clarification of terms is needed as they can get situational for data processing.

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