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Date:         Sun, 4 Oct 2009 14:34:57 -0500
Reply-To:     Joe Matise <snoopy369@GMAIL.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Joe Matise <snoopy369@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Dynamic column ordering
Comments: To: dave crimkey <>
In-Reply-To:  <>
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They'll be called _200701, _200702, etc., perhaps unless you have validvarnames=any, and perhaps even then. Normally a number starting a variable name is disallowed.

If you then do a proc contents of the resulting dataset and put it out to a dataset (keep NAME), and then run proc sql; select name into :namelist separated by ' ' from contents_dataset order by name; quit; [not at SAS and don't recall if it is NAME or _NAME_, but I think it is NAME]

data new; retain &namelist; set old; run;

With the caveat that you need to both exclude your by variables from the PROC SQL select, and add them at the front of the RETAIN statement before the &namelist macro var.


On Sun, Oct 4, 2009 at 2:28 PM, dave crimkey <> wrote:

> I seem to have two problems. One is that even though Transpose creates > columns 2007 200701 etc., nothing else seems to recognize those column > names.. Here's my transpose -- the values 2007, 200701 etc., are contained > in variable secondvar. I want them ordered in month order so 2007, 200701 - > 200712, 2008, 200801-200812, 2009, 200901-200912. > > proc transpose data=sime out=all ; > byfirstvar thirdvar fourthvar fifthvar; > idsecondvar; > run; > procsortdata=all (drop = _LABEL_); > byfirstvar thirdvar fourthvar fifthvar; > run; > > I've heard that I can use dictionary.columns to dynamically order the > columns the way I want but am not sure how to use that. > > Thanks > > > > > ----- Original Message ---- > From: Arthur Tabachneck <art297@NETSCAPE.NET> > To: SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Sent: Sunday, October 4, 2009 2:52:06 PM > Subject: Re: Dynamic column ordering > > Dave, > > Please provide the list with some sample data, as well as your proc > transpose > and how you actually want the columns ordered. > > Art > ----- > On Sun, 4 Oct 2009 11:15:23 -0700, dave crimkey <d_crimkey@YAHOO.COM> > wrote: > > >I've created a report that results from a transpose of year/month. Since > the > columns look like the following: 200701 200702.....200909 they are not > coming > out in the correct order. I don't want to hard-code a retain statement in > because I don't want to have to update the statement every month. What is > a > good way of correctly ording the columns? > > > >Thanks, > >Dave >

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