## converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

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# converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

Hi all, in order to convert a numeric variable to character WITH LENGTH=30 I use the function PUT:

VARC=PUT(VARN,30.);

but my problem appears when I try to convert a variable with length=40, or bigger:

VARC=PUT(VARN,50.);...it gives me an error of width

any help?

V.

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‎06-04-2013 11:55 AM
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## Re: converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

Well, this would work:

data want;

set have;

length varc \$ 50;

varc = right(put(varn, 15.));

run;

But the answer is that's the way SAS built the w.d format.  Maximum width is 32, per the documentation:

http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/leforinforref/63324/HTML/default/viewer.htm#n1n7bmvs1brl...

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## Re: converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

You have to realize that your data values are probably incorrect.  SAS does not accurately store numbers beyond 15 or 16 significant digits.  Here is a program you can run to illustrate:

data _null_;

x=12345678901234567890;

put x 20.;

run;

With that in mind, is your original question something that you need to solve or do you need to rethink an earlier part of the process?

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## Re: converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

***It is fine;

data new;
varn=3;
varc=compress(put(varn,30.));
run;

***It is not;

data new2;
varn=3;
varc=compress(put(varn,40.));
run;

ERROR 29-185: Width specified for format F is invalid.

Q is....How can obtain varc with LENGHT = 40 or superior.

I hope it is more clear now, Thanks.

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## Re: converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

OK, this won't solve the problem if it turns out that your data values are already incorrect.  But it will convert them:

data want;

set have;

length varc \$ 50;

varc = varn;

varc = left(varc);

run;

You can always omit the LEFT function if you prefer.  But don't combine into one statement.  You'll get scientific notation if you try:  varc = left(varn);

Good luck.

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## Re: converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

Thanks for that, but still not convince with your answer, sorry, my Q is , why can't do it with the PUT function, this my question . Thanks.

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## Re: converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

This is like I want to achieve, as you can see, I need the length superior to 30, because the lenght need to match to add this extraline with PROC APPEND

data new;
varn=3;
varc=compress(put(varn,30.));
run;

data new2;
varn=3;
varc=compress(put(varn,40.));
run;

data extra; length varc \$30.;retain varc "Numbers of subjects living in the island of the Pacific Ocean" varn 0 ;run;  /* 30 is not enoguh */
proc append base=new data=extra;run;

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‎06-04-2013 11:55 AM
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Posts: 6,774

## Re: converter numeric variable to character bigger than 30

Well, this would work:

data want;

set have;

length varc \$ 50;

varc = right(put(varn, 15.));

run;

But the answer is that's the way SAS built the w.d format.  Maximum width is 32, per the documentation:

http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/leforinforref/63324/HTML/default/viewer.htm#n1n7bmvs1brl...

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Posts: 301