BookmarkSubscribeRSS Feed
☑ This topic is solved. Need further help from the community? Please sign in and ask a new question.
Batman
Quartz | Level 8

The following  code produces leading blanks before the value for "&median" below.   How can I remove the blanks?

 

Title3 "The median daily total between &min_date and &max_date was &median"; 

1 ACCEPTED SOLUTION

Accepted Solutions
Tom
Super User Tom
Super User

If the spaces are not macro quoted you can just recreate the macro variable from its value.

%let median=&median;

If they are macro quoted then you might need the %unquote() function.

%let median=%unquote(&median);

But the real solution is to not put the spaces into the macro variable to begin with.

 

If you are making it with a data step then make sure the use the new (only 20 years old) CALL SYMPUTX() method instead of the ancient CALL SYMPUT() method.  That will will strip leading and trailing spaces.

data _null_;
  set have;
  call symputx('median',median);
run;

If you are making it with PROC SQL and the INTO clause then make sure to add the TRIMMED keyword.

proc sql noprint;
select min_date,max_date,median
  into :min_date trimmed
     , :max_date trimmed
     , :median trimmed 
  from have
;
quit;

 

View solution in original post

1 REPLY 1
Tom
Super User Tom
Super User

If the spaces are not macro quoted you can just recreate the macro variable from its value.

%let median=&median;

If they are macro quoted then you might need the %unquote() function.

%let median=%unquote(&median);

But the real solution is to not put the spaces into the macro variable to begin with.

 

If you are making it with a data step then make sure the use the new (only 20 years old) CALL SYMPUTX() method instead of the ancient CALL SYMPUT() method.  That will will strip leading and trailing spaces.

data _null_;
  set have;
  call symputx('median',median);
run;

If you are making it with PROC SQL and the INTO clause then make sure to add the TRIMMED keyword.

proc sql noprint;
select min_date,max_date,median
  into :min_date trimmed
     , :max_date trimmed
     , :median trimmed 
  from have
;
quit;

 

sas-innovate-2024.png

 

Time is running out to save with the early bird rate. Register by Friday, March 1 for just $695 - $100 off the standard rate.

 

Check out the agenda and get ready for a jam-packed event featuring workshops, super demos, breakout sessions, roundtables, inspiring keynotes and incredible networking events. 

 

Register now!

How to Concatenate Values

Learn how use the CAT functions in SAS to join values from multiple variables into a single value.

Find more tutorials on the SAS Users YouTube channel.

Click image to register for webinarClick image to register for webinar

Classroom Training Available!

Select SAS Training centers are offering in-person courses. View upcoming courses for:

View all other training opportunities.

Discussion stats
  • 1 reply
  • 218 views
  • 1 like
  • 2 in conversation