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ameliasalem
Obsidian | Level 7
Being new to all this - I want my data set tidy until I am comfortable - super time consuming.
Tom
Super User Tom
Super User

Make sure to tell PROC IMPORT where it can store the formats (what STATA calls "value" labels).

libname mylib '/home/xxxxxxx/sasuser.v94';
proc import out=mylib.mydata 
  datafile='/home/xxxxxxx/2019 ASR_Public_Use_File.dta' dbms=DTA replace
;
  fmtlib=mylib.myformats;
run;

Then make sure you tell SAS how to FIND those new formats so they can be used when you use the dataset.

options append=(fmtsearch=(mylib.myformats));

Also make sure to look at the dataset so you can see how PROC IMPORT converted the STATA file into a dataset.

proc contents data=mylib.myformats varnum;
run;
ameliasalem
Obsidian | Level 7

This seemed like solid advise and I STARTED writing it into my CODE but a colleague recommended the code that I ended up using for now (see response to other user above) and since it was straightforward for him, I'm going to see how far I can get with this + filtering out values of variables that I don't want. Will give this a go if current approach doesn't work. 

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