## deleting the first leading digit but in certain cases

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# deleting the first leading digit but in certain cases

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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## Re: deleting the first leading digit but in certain cases

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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## Re: deleting the first leading digit but in certain cases

or you could convert it to numeric and back

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## Re: deleting the first leading digit but in certain cases

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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## Re: deleting the first leading digit but in certain cases

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.

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