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Date:         Thu, 22 Jun 2000 17:12:36 GMT
Reply-To:     "John M. Wildenthal" <jmwildenthal@MY-DEJA.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "John M. Wildenthal" <jmwildenthal@MY-DEJA.COM>
Organization: - Before you buy.
Subject:      Re: Combining using !! always turns in character results? version
              8 for Windows

In article <>, "F a b r i z i o" <> wrote: > paula wrote in message ... > >I know if I have Var1 as a character variable and v2 as a numeric, and I do > > > >v3 = var1 !!v2; > > > >I should expect V3 to be of character type, although Var1 may only carry > >numbers. > > > >Now my case is: I am "declaring" V3 here for the first time; var1 and v2 > are > >both preexisting numeric field; no trash, no missing whatsoever. I still > >have v3 changed into character type. Should I expect V3 to be numeric at > >all? what seems to be the rationale here? > > As soon as you use a variable for the first time, and perform > a character-operation on it (like '!!'), the result will be character. > > Only if SAS cannot determine what happens with a variable, or > if it detects only numeric operations, the resulting variable will > be declared as numeric. > > If your intention of "V3=V1!!V2" is to yield a numeric result, > you should use V3=V1 * 10 + V2 (or something like that).

Only one thing I can think of adding. Try

v3 = INPUT(v1||v2,best12.);


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