## Aligning data by decimal point in a column

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# Aligning data by decimal point in a column

Hi,

I am creating a demographic summary with almost 50 segments. Some of the categorical variables have percentage next to it.

For some of the variables, only need to display proc means results.

1: Is there any way to right allign the proc mean result by a decimal point and put it in a character column?

2: I am using picture format to adjust the percentage for the few segments and its working fine but again number before the percentage is not right alligned, how can I fix it.

Thanks,

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## Re: Aligning data by decimal point in a column

There are ways to align decimals (style align=decimal for one).  However if you want to see percentages - and in table outputs its normally count with percentage in brackets, it is far simpler to create a string variable output:

```data want;
set means_output;
result1=cat(strip(put(n,best.)," (",strip(put(percent,6.2)),"%)");
run;
```

Then print the string value.  In this way you can combine values, add strings, and output in many ways without complex formats or tricks.

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## Re: Aligning data by decimal point in a column

Hi,
The segment, which has proc mean result is different from the categorical segments.
Would it be possible to acheive (style align=decimal for one) in a datastep for the proc mean segments?
The below is just concatinating without allignment, I would like t oeven allign all segments and percentage value in the bracket.
result1=cat(strip(put(n,best.)," (",strip(put(percent,6.2)),"%)");
When i use the below picture format for values inside the brackets, its giving the desired result.

picture percent      (round)

0              ='(    0.0)'         (noedit)
-1 <- < 0     ='   0.9)'  (prefix='(    ')
0 <- < 10    ='   9.9)'  (prefix='(    ')
10  - < 100   =' 99.9)'  (prefix='(  ')
100  = '(100)'        (noedit)

;

I would like to have reslut like below.
Seg1
N             409
Nmiss      100
Mean         76.1
SD             30.56
Seg2

cat1             1 (    0.2)
cat2             7 (    1.2)
cat3           79 (  39.5)
cat5         213 (  57.9)

Thanks,

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## Re: Aligning data by decimal point in a column

If your ODS destination is RTF or PDF, Try:

style={just=dec}

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## Re: Aligning data by decimal point in a column

Thats was the first thing I tired, but it didn't work.

Wondering if there is any format to change the character (number) variable so it looks exactly like numeric value (Left alligned) apart from decimal number, as they need to be alliged by decimal points?

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## Re: Aligning data by decimal point in a column

@hira wrote:

Thats was the first thing I tired, but it didn't work.

Wondering if there is any format to change the character (number) variable so it looks exactly like numeric value (Left alligned) apart from decimal number, as they need to be alliged by decimal points?

Aligning text is always dependent on font. An alignment built for Courier will not match when displayed using Times New Roman (or any proportional font in general). If you do not have complete control of the font all the way through all of the processes, reports and displays intended then the work is wasted. Or you get to repeat any solution that might work at every step where the font changes.

Personally I suspect that extracting the numeric portion, assuming there is a numeric portion as otherwise "decimal" would be the incorrect term, so that could be aligned and play around with displays of the non-numeric.

Doesn't work is awful vague.

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