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Date:         Thu, 14 Oct 1999 10:56:26 -0600
Reply-To:     Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Jack Hamilton <JackHamilton@FIRSTHEALTH.COM>
Subject:      Re: Sorting by formatted values of variable(s). How?
Comments: To: J.Groeneveld@ITGROUPS.COM
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"Jim Groeneveld" <J.Groeneveld@ITGROUPS.COM> wrote:

>Consider the following test program, that you should run, and look at the >result:

Is there some reason I would need to run this program in order to understand the question?

>Clearly some procedures explicitely ignore formatted values (in order to >perform numeric arithmetic with unformatted values), like UNIVARIATE, MEANS, >etc.. Other procedures allow the use of (permanently or temporary) >associated formats, like FREQ, TABULATE, REPORT, PRINT, etc.. >It appears PROC SORT ignores formats completely. I want to be able to >(pre)sort records (for REPORT) according to formatted values.

Why not let PROC REPORT do the sorting?

>Without >creating new variables with the formatted contents (via function PUT) to >sort by, how might it be possible to sort by formatted values?

proc sql;

create table b as select * from a order by put(a, myformat.);


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