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# Counting the number of occurrence of a variable in an observation

I'm on SAS University Edition - I have a data set with 792 rows and 29 columns; each column is a variable with value "0" or "1".  I would like to make a table with 792 rows and a single column, with the value of the single column being the number of "1"s in the corresponding observation.

For example:

varA     varB     varC     varD

1          1           0          1

0          0           0          1

1          1           1          0

1          1           1          1

0          0           0          0

1          0           1          0

output:

3

1

3

4

0

2

Sorry if this is a basic question - I've new to SAS, and have looked around the forums and the internet without finding anything that has worked for me.  Much thanks!!

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‎07-23-2017 07:46 PM
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## Re: Counting the number of occurrence of a variable in an observation

I'm thinking that your real variable names don't all begin with "var".  If you want the sum of all numeric variables, you could use:

data want;

set have;

new_column = sum(of _numeric_);

run;

There's not much point in putting this new column into a separate data set.  Once you do that, if you were to ever sort your data you couldn't match the new column back to the row that it came from.

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## Re: Counting the number of occurrence of a variable in an observation

```data want (keep=sum);
set have;
array vars(*) varA--VarD;
sum=sum(of vars(*));
run;
```

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## Re: Counting the number of occurrence of a variable in an observation

this should work

```data want(drop=var:);
set have;
finalvar=sum(of var:);
run;```
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‎07-23-2017 07:46 PM
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Posts: 5,497

## Re: Counting the number of occurrence of a variable in an observation

I'm thinking that your real variable names don't all begin with "var".  If you want the sum of all numeric variables, you could use:

data want;

set have;

new_column = sum(of _numeric_);

run;

There's not much point in putting this new column into a separate data set.  Once you do that, if you were to ever sort your data you couldn't match the new column back to the row that it came from.

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## Re: Counting the number of occurrence of a variable in an observation

Thanks, all! Looks like there a couple of ways to do this - I appreciate the help.

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