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Syntax error on Proc Boxplot

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Syntax error on Proc Boxplot

Not sure what the problem is here.  Someone please advise.  Numeric variable 50501 definitely exists in the data set.  As does Combo, a character variable.

proc boxplot data=nicholas._21603_;

plot '50501'n * Combo /

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     22

     200

ERROR 22-322: Syntax error, expecting one of the following: a name, (.

ERROR 200-322: The symbol is not recognized and will be ignored.

boxstyle=skeletal

nohlabel

boxconnect=q3

cconnect=blue

boxwidthscale=1

clipfactor=1.5

clipsymbol=dot

outhistory=nicholas.history

grid

;

insetgroup n;

run;


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‎01-15-2013 05:48 PM
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Re: Syntax error on Proc Boxplot

Looks like ANY names are not supported by PROC BOXPLOT.  I see RENAME in your future.

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Re: Syntax error on Proc Boxplot

What is the setting of the system option VALIDVARNAME?

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Re: Syntax error on Proc Boxplot

options

validvarname=any

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‎01-15-2013 05:48 PM
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Re: Syntax error on Proc Boxplot

Looks like ANY names are not supported by PROC BOXPLOT.  I see RENAME in your future.

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Re: Syntax error on Proc Boxplot

Well!  Does that suck, or what.

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Re: Syntax error on Proc Boxplot

Yep.  Turns out renaming '50501'n to v50501 allowed the box plots.

I'd call that a bug.  Only time so far when a proc failed to recognize '50501'n as a legitimate variable.  Every other proc handled it as it was supposed to.

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