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Error: "in list does not match type prescribed for this list" using PROC UNIVARIATE

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Error: "in list does not match type prescribed for this list" using PROC UNIVARIATE

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I am using SAS University Edition.

 

I am receiving this error while using the PROC UNIVARIATE procedure. Other posts on this forum, and on other sites, refer to this error in the context of importing data. There is a suggestion that this error results when the data types are different. Both of these variables are numeric.

 

The procedure runs without error when only 1 variable is in the VAR statement.

 

Code: 

PROC UNIVARIATE;

VAR var1 var2;
RUN;

 

Error: 

ERROR: Variable var1 in list does not match type prescribed for this list.

ERROR: Variable var2 in list does not match type prescribed for this list.

 

Thanks for your assistance.

 

 

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Re: Error: "in list does not match type prescribed for this list" using PROC UNIVARIATE

Proc univariate requires numeric variables. Run a proc contents on your dataset to see your variable types. You don't have a DATA= portion in your proc? It's not required, but I'd highly insist on it, so you can trace your code. 

 

proc contents data=have;
run;

proc univariate data=have;
var var1 var2;
run;
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Re: Error: "in list does not match type prescribed for this list" using PROC UNIVARIATE

Thanks for the assistance.

 

Somehow these variable have been "typed" as character data. Yikes. I'm not sure how this happened.

 

Any suggestions for changing the type?

 

Btw, I will heed your recommendation on specifying the dataset.

 

 

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