Date: Mon, 6 Jan 1997 09:48:51 PST
Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@UGA.CC.UGA.EDU>
Subject: Re: Numeric variables: default size
A SAS numeric variable can be stored with a length of 8 bytes or fewer (down to
2 or 3). During a datastep, it is expanded to 8 bytes if it was stored in
fewer. If you attempted to calculate NEWVAR=GAMMA(277); and it exploded on your
platform, then there is no direct solution--you must approach the problem a
different way. For instance, if you really wanted NEWVAR=GAMMA(277)/GAMMA(273);
isn't GAMMA(n) the factorial of n-1, so that the result is 276*275*274*273?
Tim Berryhill - Contract Programmer and General Wizard
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Sent by:"M. DuMond" <mdumond@GARNET.ACNS.FSU.EDU>
Does anyone know how (or if it is possible) to allow a numeric variable to
take on very large values. For example, gamma(277)?
Thanks for your help.
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