Date: Wed, 12 Jul 2000 12:50:44 -0700
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From: "David L. Cassell" <Cassell.David@EPAMAIL.EPA.GOV>
Subject: Re: Help with using the RX character string functions
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I have to agree with Charles here. [Not that I don't agree with his opinions
normally!] The SAS RX____ functions are not the most convenient functions
ever devised by SAS. If you are interested in string-matching algorithms,
there are many which do not use regular expressions at all. SAS has a
soundex() function, as well as a spedis() function. You could code up
the metaphone [or the newly-released "double-metaphone"] in a data step.
None of these use regular expressions.
When I want to do something which really requires regular expressions because
of intricacies unavailable or incredibly awkward with ordinary string functions,
almost always forsake SAS for a high-speed regex engine with *standard* regex
syntax [instead of the mess which SAS adopted]. I use Perl, or else a
regex library in a similar language [like C or Python]. If you truly need
regular expression features, a pure SAS system may not be the optimal solution.
David Cassell, OAO Corp. Cassell.David@epa.gov
Senior computing specialist