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Date:         Wed, 5 May 2004 13:35:09 -0400
Reply-To:     "Lustig, Roger" <roger.lustig@CITIGROUP.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         "Lustig, Roger" <roger.lustig@CITIGROUP.COM>
Subject:      Re: THANKS! RE: another newbie question / SET
Comments: To: "Dennis, Helen" <hdennis@DOE.K12.DE.US>
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Helen: To your question(s): --The two dots have different meanings: the first one indicates where a macro variable ends and non-variable code begins. The second one is part of the code.

--No semicolon: because you don't want to *write* a semicolon there. Remember, you're using the macro to write code. The line without a semicolon is just some macro variables and some plain text--no macro statements like %if or %do. That's what the macro will write when it writes code--which is what it does.

Also, when you call the macro, you don't want a semicolon there, because macro calls don't need them; i.e., you'd be putting an actual semicolon in your code--where, as you know, you don't want it, since it's in the middle of your SET statement.



-----Original Message----- From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf Of Dennis, Helen Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 1:08 PM To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: THANKS! RE: another newbie question / SET

Thank you, everyone who responded - all were helpful, but I ended up using Roger Lustig's suggestion.

This worked perfectly. One question: why are there two consecutive dots in &lib..&head.&I instead of one? Also, why is there no semicolon needed on this line?

-----Original Message----- From: Lustig, Roger [] Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 11:57 AM To: Dennis, Helen; SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: RE: another newbie question / SET

Helen: If you wish to enumerate the five data sets, you need a smaller macro. Remember: =====> SAS macros write SAS code <===== That's all they do. What you want is a macro that writes five dataset names. You don't even want to write the whole SET statement--just the stuff between the SET keyword and the semicolon. (So make sure your macro doesn't write semicolons!)

%macro namewriter(lib=work,head=,from=,to=); %do I=&from %to &to; &lib..&head.&I %end; %mend;

data hcondall; set %namewriter(head=helmcond,from=1,to=5) ; run;

Note that WORK is the default library, but that you can use any other.

Note also that you can mix and match:

data stuff; set %namewriter(lib=mydata,head=master,from=1,to=12) %namewriter(lib=yourdata,head=faster,from=13,to=24) %namewriter(lib=mydata,head=disaster,from=25,to=36) ; run;


Roger -----Original Message----- From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf Of Dennis, Helen Sent: Wednesday, May 05, 2004 11:47 AM To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: another newbie question / SET

Thanks so much for your patient help yesterday. Now I am trying to stack five data sets using the SET command, and although I get no error message, I also get no results. Each data set has 10,000 records and 10 variables.Any suggestions?

DATA hcondall; SET helmcond1 helmcond2 helmcond3 helmcond4 helmcond5; Run;

I also tried this:

%MACRO appnhelm; %DO k= 2 %TO 5; DATA helmdata1; set helmdata1 helmdata&k; run; %END

%appenhelm; run;

Helen C. Dennis Education Associate Assessment and Analysis Group Delaware Department of Education P.O. Box 1402 Dover, DE 19903-1402 Tel: (302)739-6700 Fax: (302) 739-3092 email:

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