03-05-2015 12:30 PM
I have character field Var1 = "00001234" I convert the above value from character to numeric as follows: data a; format Var1_new 11.; Var1 = "00001234"; Var1_New = Var1 *1; run; Above example does convert to numeric but keeps Zeros. Also I want to know how to get rid of padded zeros in case of Character Value. So If have Var1 = "00001234". I want Var1 = "1234" Thanks
03-05-2015 12:48 PM
PLEASE format your code when posting.
Above example does convert to numeric but keeps Zeros.
It doesn't on my system, and you're using implicit conversion which will leave a note in your log.
Obs Var1_new Var1
1 1234 00001234
Use explicit conversion instead, via the input function To remove leading zeros but retain as a character variable you can either use regular expressions to remove leading zero's or use put/input.
format Var1_new 11.;
Var1 = "00001234";
Var1_New = input(var1, 11.);
var1_Char = put(input(var1, 11.), $11. -l);
proc print data=a1;
Obs Var1_new Var1 Char
1 1234 00001234 1234