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Date:         Tue, 26 Feb 2002 02:15:10 GMT
Reply-To:     lpogoda <lpogoda@HOTMAIL.SPAMFREE.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         lpogoda <lpogoda@HOTMAIL.SPAMFREE.COM>
Organization: Excite@Home - The Leader in Broadband
Subject:      Re: storing and operating large numbers

Gleb V. Kotelnitskyy wrote in message ... >David L. Cassell <> wrote: >> "Gleb V. Kotelnitskyy" <fi8208@PTF.NTU-KPI.KIEV.UA> wrote: >>> are there any method of using large numbers (more than 8 bytes) in SAS >>> or at least leave less then 11 bits for exponential part? > >> If you are trying to work with arbitrary-precision numbers, you >> may find that SAS is not really designed for that purpose. You >> can use arrays of arbitrary length to hold individual digits of >> your numbers, and then write your own code to do 'multiplication' >> or whatever you need. But you may be better-served trying some >> alternatives. I suggest you check out Perl and its modules >> Math::BigFloat and Math::BigInt . One of them is probably what >> you are looking for. > >but I need SAS analytical tools, so how can i use them in PERL, or how can I >link up PERL modules to SAS? > You've roused my curiosity - under Windows, for example, the largest number stored exactly by those 8 bytes is 9,007,199,254,740,992. That's a pretty big number. What are you working with that makes that insufficient?

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