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03-20-2014 03:53 PM

Hi, I have a field with accounts that most (80%) have a 0 on the left side.. eg. 081513105 .. I would like to get rid of this leading 0, but only for the accounts that are 9 digits in length and only if the leading is a 0.. if not 0 or less/more than 9 digits in length to leave as is... Any easy way to do this ? Thank you.

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Posted in reply to podarum

03-20-2014 04:20 PM

Assuming this is actually a character value...

in a datastep something like this with your variable should work

if length (variable)=9 and substr(variable,1,1)='0' then variable = substr(variable,2);

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Posted in reply to podarum

03-20-2014 04:22 PM

or you could convert it to numeric and back

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03-20-2014 04:33 PM

What if it is 9 digits long and starrts with 2 zeros? What if it is 10 digits long and starts with 2 zeros?

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Posted in reply to podarum

03-21-2014 10:21 AM

Thanks all, all valid questions and points. But for my "small" enough data, ballardw's solution works well.. But totally agree if the data was larger and a whoel mix of scenarios.