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Lapis Lazuli | Level 10

## Convert one column datato many columns

Good morning:

i have this data set:

 Question Sex yes_no 1 male 1 1 male 1 1 male 0 1 male 0 1 male 0 1 male 0 1 male 0 2 male 1 2 male 1 2 male 1 2 male 0 2 male 0 2 male 0 2 male 0 3 male 1 3 male 1 3 male 1 3 male 1 3 male 1 3 male 0

and i need to obtain this one, as follows:

 Sex Question_1 Question_2 Question_3 male 1 1 1 male 1 1 1 male 0 1 1 male 0 0 1 male 0 0 1 male 0 0 0 male 0 0 .

Thanks in advance

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Jade | Level 19

## Re: Convert one column datato many columns

Hello @jonatan_velarde,

Here is an example illustrating NicoM's suggestion:

``````proc transpose data=have out=trans(drop=_:);
by sex question;
var yes_no;
run;

proc transpose data=trans out=want(drop=_:) prefix=Question_;
by sex;
id question;
var col:;
run;``````

The first step assumes that HAVE is sorted by sex question, which is the case for your sample data.

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Obsidian | Level 7

## Re: Convert one column datato many columns

Have you tried using PROC TRANSPOSE? You can accomplish what you want using that procedure. You can find some basic examples in this document: 060-2009: Learn the Basics of PROC TRANSPOSE (sas.com).

Super User

## Re: Convert one column datato many columns

``````data have;
input question sex \$ yes_no;
datalines;
1 male  1
1 male  1
1 male  0
1 male  0
1 male  0
1 male  0
1 male  0
2 male  1
2 male  1
2 male  1
2 male  0
2 male  0
2 male  0
2 male  0
3 male  1
3 male  1
3 male  1
3 male  1
3 male  1
3 male  0
;

data want;
if 0 then set have (keep=sex); /* sets attributes */
call missing(sex,question_1,question_2,question_3);
merge
have (
rename=(yes_no=question_1)
where=(question = 1)
)
have (
rename=(yes_no=question_2)
where=(question = 2)
)
have (
rename=(yes_no=question_3)
where=(question = 3)
)
;
drop question;
run;``````

Please note how example data is presented in a data step with datalines; this removes any doubts about content or variable attributes. Do so in the future. It's basic courtesy towards your helpers.

Jade | Level 19

## Re: Convert one column datato many columns

The table you want looks like a report and not like a dataset. Are you sure, that you need the wide structure for further processing?

Jade | Level 19

## Re: Convert one column datato many columns

Hello @jonatan_velarde,

Here is an example illustrating NicoM's suggestion:

``````proc transpose data=have out=trans(drop=_:);
by sex question;
var yes_no;
run;

proc transpose data=trans out=want(drop=_:) prefix=Question_;
by sex;
id question;
var col:;
run;``````

The first step assumes that HAVE is sorted by sex question, which is the case for your sample data.

Super User

## Re: Convert one column datato many columns

If this is at all related to this thread https://communities.sas.com/t5/SAS-Programming/Convert-data-set-from-summary-to-full-data/m-p/728565 where you convert summary data into an arbitrary ordered set by categorical variables then the target set is invalid for any sort of analysis. You are creating an artificial association between the values of the question variables.

Really.

If you do not have the individual level data to start with then your entire approach is going to be so flawed I can't describe it.

There are some things that might be possible with something like Proc Mixed and similar procedures but your "created from summary to individual level data" is misrepresenting the information.

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