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NewSASPerson
Quartz | Level 8
I would like to compress only items in the parenthesis as well as the parenthesis without affecting any place else. The code below gives me
 
The quick brown fox jumps over  lazy dogs. The quick brownfox jumps over the lazy dog.
but what I need is
The quick brown fox jumps over 23 lazy dogs. The quick brown-fox jumps over the lazy dog. 
 
data have;
text = "The quick brown fox jumps over 23 lazy dogs.(1-27) The quick brown-fox jumps over the lazy dog.(28)";
run;
 
data want;
set have;
text2 = compress(text,"()-1234567890");
run;
I would appreciate some help with this.
 
Thank you.
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ed_sas_member
Meteorite | Level 14

Hi @NewSASPerson 

You can try to use a pearl regular expression:

data want;
	set have;
	text2=prxchange('s/\([\d-]+\)//i', -1, text);
run;

This looks for the pattern \([\d-]+\) in the variable 'text' as many times as needed (second argument = -1)

\([\d-]+\) = a parenthesis followed by one or more digits or hyphens followed by a parenthesis.

 

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ed_sas_member
Meteorite | Level 14

Hi @NewSASPerson 

You can try to use a pearl regular expression:

data want;
	set have;
	text2=prxchange('s/\([\d-]+\)//i', -1, text);
run;

This looks for the pattern \([\d-]+\) in the variable 'text' as many times as needed (second argument = -1)

\([\d-]+\) = a parenthesis followed by one or more digits or hyphens followed by a parenthesis.

 

NewSASPerson
Quartz | Level 8
Perfect! Thank you so much this worked.
ed_sas_member
Meteorite | Level 14

You're welcome @NewSASPerson !

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