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Proc import certain observations

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Proc import certain observations

Hi All,

             I am trying to import a csv certain observations is there a way with proc import (not with infile statement) for first obs=10 obs=100  .Thanks for the help.

Thanks,

Sundeep.

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Re: Proc import certain observations

I doubt you'll have much luck with proc import syntax. What is the objection to infile?

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Re: Proc import certain observations

Hi Ballardw,

Its a huge csv will file ith more number of variables .If I use infile I need to get all the formats correct to get the file to read .

Thanks,

Sundeep.

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Re: Proc import certain observations

What makes you think PROC IMPORT will do a better job of getting it right than you will. 

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Re: Proc import certain observations

Read the first 10 rows as 100 strings to review content (easier in columns).

Maybe increase that 10 if the first10 dont clarify informats.

Perhaps the supplier of a large set of data (in a csv file) could provide the data definition that defines what the informats should be.

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Re: Proc import certain observations

Use proc import on the data with a large value for guessing rows. Look in the log for the code,

copy and modify as needed such as preferred date formats, add labels, change variables that maybe should be character that get imported as numeric such as Id numbers, zip codes, phone numbers.

I go through this at least once a month with new data sources.

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