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Date:   Thu, 7 Dec 2006 16:28:26 +0000
Reply-To:   toby dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sender:   "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:   toby dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject:   Re: sorting problem
Comments:   To: Nathaniel_Wooding@DOM.COM
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Nat ,

Why would it grip at you? All the code says is if there is a variable(s) that start with B then retain them. It does not say there must be variables that start with B. So if they are there great and fi they arent then great too. Hey its a win-win situation.

Toby Dunn

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From: Nat Wooding <Nathaniel_Wooding@DOM.COM> Reply-To: Nathaniel_Wooding@DOM.COM To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: Re: sorting problem Date: Thu, 7 Dec 2006 11:24:44 -0500


Now that does make sense. However, SAS does not gripe at us which I would expect.


"data _null_;" <datanull@gmail.c om> To 12/07/2006 11:22 cc AM Subject Re: sorting problem

On 12/7/06, Nat Wooding <> wrote: > A small addendum to this tread: > Moreover, while doing a little playing, I may have stumbled on a small bug. > Consider the following code: > > data a; > set sashelp.class(keep=name obs=3); > if _n_=1 then do; > newvar = 99; > xvar= 191; > end; > > retain a b : 22 ; > proc print; > run; > > Now, as I count variables, there should be 5 in the output data set: name, > newvar,xvar, a and b. However, when I run this on WinXP, 9.1, I get only 4 > -- there is no variable called "b". > > The log reads: > > NOTE: There were 3 observations read from the data set SASHELP.CLASS. > NOTE: The data set WORK.A has 3 observations and 4 variables >

Hold the phone. The colon "says" retain variables that begin with B. The colon implies they already exist. You cannot create variables this way. Seems correct to me.

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