## Searching within a variable in a dataset

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# Searching within a variable in a dataset

Hi all,

I am wondering if this is possible - and if so how? :

I have a dataset called test - it contains values like:

COL1    COL2         COL3

ABB     Test why     OQSJ

AIW     This is ex     QSDJ

AIQ     Why Test     KAJL

Questions:

1) Is there any way in sas to search COL2 for the word "Test" and then output a new dataset that only contains the rows that had the word "Test" somewhere in COL2.

2) Is there any way in sas for me to search specific sentences in COL2? Example - I want sas to search for "This is ex" and "Why Test" and output a new dataset that only contains rows where these two are true.

Please post sample code if possible. Thanks!

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‎01-15-2013 10:27 AM
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## Re: Searching within a variable in a dataset

Hi.

Please see below code.

data test;

input col1 \$1-4     col2 \$ 5-14         col3 \$ 15-18;

cards;

ABB Test why  OQSJ

AIW This is ex QSDJ

AIQ Why Test  KAJL

;

run;

*only keep the records that have in COL2 the word "test";

data want_1;

set test (where= (prxmatch("m/test/oi",col2) > 0));

run;

*only keep the records that have "why test' or "this is ex";

data want_2;

set test (where= (prxmatch("m/Why test|this is ex/oi",col2) > 0));

run;

I hope it helps.

You can also run the data once;

data want_1 want_2;

set test;

if (prxmatch("m/test/oi",col2) > 0)) then output want_1;

if (prxmatch("m/Why test|this is ex/oi",col2) > 0)) then output want_2; the two data

run;

Good luck.

Anca.

I collapsed the two data steps into one.

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‎01-15-2013 10:27 AM
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Posts: 543

## Re: Searching within a variable in a dataset

Hi.

Please see below code.

data test;

input col1 \$1-4     col2 \$ 5-14         col3 \$ 15-18;

cards;

ABB Test why  OQSJ

AIW This is ex QSDJ

AIQ Why Test  KAJL

;

run;

*only keep the records that have in COL2 the word "test";

data want_1;

set test (where= (prxmatch("m/test/oi",col2) > 0));

run;

*only keep the records that have "why test' or "this is ex";

data want_2;

set test (where= (prxmatch("m/Why test|this is ex/oi",col2) > 0));

run;

I hope it helps.

You can also run the data once;

data want_1 want_2;

set test;

if (prxmatch("m/test/oi",col2) > 0)) then output want_1;

if (prxmatch("m/Why test|this is ex/oi",col2) > 0)) then output want_2; the two data

run;

Good luck.

Anca.

I collapsed the two data steps into one.

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## Re: Searching within a variable in a dataset

Posted in reply to AncaTilea

@anca thanks for that, I will try it.

Could you please explain  this part? - m/test/oi - what does the m and the oi do?

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## Re: Searching within a variable in a dataset

Vomer,

The 'm' tag at the beginning of the search string tells PRXMATCH that it is doing a matching operation, this is the default. So you could delete it.

The 'o' tag at the end tells SAS to compile the parse string once. This is also the default because the parse string is a constant. So you can take this one off, too.

The 'i' tag at the end forces a case insensitive match so that "THIS" is equal to "this" for the purpose of matching.  If you want case sensitive you use "-i"

See more on PRXMATCH here:

38719 - Use PRXMATCH in place of multiple INDEX functions

Good luck,

Anca.

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## Re: Searching within a variable in a dataset

Posted in reply to AncaTilea

Thanks! that is really interesting. I will read up on it as well.

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## Re: Searching within a variable in a dataset

You can also look up the FIND and INDEX function in SAS.

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## Re: Searching within a variable in a dataset

proc sql; create table one as (select col1,col2,col3 from hello where col2 like '%Test%' ); create table two as (select col1,col2,col3 from hello where ((col2  like 'This is ex%') or (col2 like 'Why Test%')) ); run;

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