Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 08:16:51 -0400
Reply-To: Peter Flom <peter.flom@NDRI.ORG>
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From: Peter Flom <peter.flom@NDRI.ORG>
Subject: Creating longer variable names from shorter ones
I will be importing a SAS transport file from a data entry program (Questionnaire Development System) which only allows 8 character names. (It's a great program in a lot of other ways, for creating questionnaires for survey research).
I'll be doing most of the data analysis in SAS v 8, and would like to take advantage of the longer variable names, but I will have a LOT of variables (more than 1000). However, a lot will have similarities, which I can as part of the 8 characters. e.g. N_ will always mean "number of times", E_ will always mean "ever did".
Is there some easy way to change the variable names so that N_ translates into "times" and E_ into "Ever" and so on?
Peter L. Flom, Ph.D.
Principal Research Associate
National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.
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New York, NY 10048
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