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covert character 8 to integer 8

Posted on 2011-09-02
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Hi,
How can i convert char 8 to integer 8 .

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Question by:sam2929
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by:Kevin Cross
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Here is an option if I am understanding documentation correctly: use INPUT to go from character to integer and PUT to go from integer to character.
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by:sam2929
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i did
input(IND,integer8.) it don't like it
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input(IND, best.)
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by:Kevin Cross
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Did you look at the link I provided? I don't believe integer8. is a proper informat. I think it is just 8.
http://support.sas.com/publishing/pubcat/chaps/59498.pdf

try:
input(IND, 8.)

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or
input(IND, comma8.)

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(latter is used when you need to strip commas from a string like '1,000'.
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by:d507201
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This code works just fine.  MWVISA1 is correct... the proper informat is 8. not integer8.  If the length of your character variable is varying then use the BEST. informat instead of 8.  SAS will always store the numbers in 8 bytes but numbers bigger than I think 14 digits will be stored in scientific notation and so lose precision when retrieved.

data charData;
char='12345678';
run;

Data numData; set charData;
num=input(char,8.);
put _all_;
run;

proc contents data=numData;
run;
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