10-09-2012 02:32 PM
I have been trying to converting a date to a string of characters using the PUT function:
Currently my date is in the YYYYMMDD format. And the output of this code transformed the date into numbers:
19860108 becomes 9504
19860109 becomes 9505
So on and so forth. I think the output transformed the YYYYMMDD format into the SAS date format where 19600101 is zero.
How can I transform the YYYYMMDD into characters while keeping exactly what I see previously?
10-09-2012 03:30 PM
You also have the alternative of leaving the data exactly as is. When printing, you can always apply a format so you can view it in a more familiar form. That also gives you flexibility of selecting the format you want for each report. If you would like to assign a default format, you can add the FORMAT statement in the DATA step.
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