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Date:         Tue, 20 Aug 1996 14:36:37 -0500
Reply-To:     /G=Robert/S=Agostinelli/O=astra_usa_inc/OU1=ASTRA1@MHS-ASTRAUSA.ATTMAIL.COM
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
From:         Robert Agostinelli
Subject:      Using a variable's values to create SAS source code

Hi folks,

I have a SAS dataset ( with 1000's of observations ) that has 4 variables:

Patient Age Sex Condition ------- --- --- ------------------------------------------

1 21 M If age > 12 and age < 26 2 63 F If age < 18 3 45 M If age > 18 and sex = M . . . etc.

The condition variable is different for each observation. I have already written the SAS code that parses the condition into three variables: a low age range, a high age range, and the sex condition. In reality, the condition also contains criteria for race and other parameters as well.

However, I am looking for a cleaner solution than having to parse the text. I would like to be able to use the value of the condition variable as part of the SAS program that evaluates the observation as pass/fail. To do this, I know that macros are required to build dynamic SAS code.

Therefore, I want to create a 5th variable that flags whether or not the current obs. meets it's own condition.

For example, patient 1 would pass it's own condition, and the flag would be set to 'pass'. Patient 2 would fail since the patient is 63 years old and the condition to pass requires them to be less than 18. Patient 3 would pass.

Does anyone know what the SAS macro code should be to perform this task?

Thanks for your help.

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