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Date:         Fri, 10 Nov 2000 10:31:24 -0500
Reply-To:     David Ward <dward@SASHELP.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         David Ward <dward@SASHELP.COM>
Subject:      Re: SAS Language
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Another solution to add into the mix. Add '*1' to the end of the character value, then convert '-*' into '*-' so that you have, in effect, a product in your charcter value: 213423*-1 235255*1

Then just multiple the left side of the '*' and the right side.

data _null_; length numval 8 charval $8; infile cards; input charval $8.; charval=tranwrd(trim(charval)||'*1','-*','*-'); numval=scan(charval,1)*scan(charval,2,'*'); put numval=; cards; 70248- 45478 21838- 45780- 55454 45015 ; run;

David Ward

>Hi everyone, > >I need to import a numeric field into SAS from a flat file that I >downloaded from mainframe system. All negative numbers have the minus >signs in the back of the number instead of in front of the number. How >do I read this and convert it into a correct format? > >original Desired >70248- -70248 >45478 45478 >21838- -21838 >45780- -45780 >55454 55454 >45015 45015 > >Thank you for your help. > >Michelle Kay

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