## Creating Last First Mi from a single variable

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# Creating Last First Mi from a single variable

The data I have (in one field):

Name

Doe,  John  M.

The data I want (in 3 fields):

Last     First     Mi

Doe     John     M

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‎06-11-2015 04:01 PM
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## Re: Creating Last First Mi from a single variable

Very simplistic but works if there are no composed names, prefixes, more than one initial, etc...:

data have;

name='Doe, John M';

last=scan(name,1);

first=scan(name,2);

Mi=scan(name,3);

run;

CTorres

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‎06-11-2015 04:01 PM
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Posts: 180

## Re: Creating Last First Mi from a single variable

Very simplistic but works if there are no composed names, prefixes, more than one initial, etc...:

data have;

name='Doe, John M';

last=scan(name,1);

first=scan(name,2);

Mi=scan(name,3);

run;

CTorres

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## Re: Creating Last First Mi from a single variable

Simplistic works for me!  Thanks.

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## Re: Creating Last First Mi from a single variable

Beware of two word last names such as Le Blank, Van Dorp and such.

You might want to run a word count to see if you have more than 3 words in the field to bring possible problems to your attention.

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## Re: Creating Last First Mi from a single variable

I'm not sure how dynamic you need the code to be, whether your Name field is consistent or not with the length of the Middle Initial and whether there are more than two names for the first name, but this code will help with your example you gave.

data have;

input name \$25.;

datalines;

Doe, John M.

;

run;

data want;

set have;

format Last First \$15. FirstMi \$20. Mi \$1;

Last=scan(Name,1,",");

FirstMi=scan(Name,2,",");

First=strip(scan(FirstMi,1," "));

Mi=compress(scan(FirstMi,2," "),".");

drop FirstMi;

run;

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