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MS Access Variable Name 1Quarter, Rename in SAS?

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MS Access Variable Name 1Quarter, Rename in SAS?

We have a job that reads in an MS Access table with a variable named 1Quarter.

Not having any luck renaming the variable to a SAS compliant name.

Any ideas?

Our last option would be to go back into MS Access and rename it before the import, just want to check to see if there is another way to rename.

TIA J

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MS Access Variable Name 1Quarter, Rename in SAS?

I would think that SAS would convert the name to be _1Quarter.  You could change it to be either Quarter1 or Quarter_1.

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MS Access Variable Name 1Quarter, Rename in SAS?

I sort of brute forced this one for now, exported into excel then created a new dataset in sas with correct names and imported...

Not a 100% solution but ok for now...

Thanks, Jay

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Re: MS Access Variable Name 1Quarter, Rename in SAS?

You need:

options validvarname=any;

Ksharp

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Re: MS Access Variable Name 1Quarter, Rename in SAS?

I had similar problems a few years ago when I was having SAS "talk to" Access a lot. In addition to options validvarname=any that Ksharp mentioned, you will probably need to use name literals (I think that's what their official name is), e.g. "1Quarter"n (note the n following the quote to indicate it is a name, not a string).

Try something like

options validvarname=any;

data new;

     set old;

     rename "1Quarter"n = Quarter1;

run;

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