SAS Cheat Sheet – Part 3


Code Description
<w.d> standard numeric
<COMMAw.d> writes numeric values with commas and decimal points
<Zw.d> print leading zeros
<$w.> writes standard character data
<$CHARw.> writes standard character data
<$VARYINGw.> Writes character data of varying length

Format is used to change how the values of variables are displayed/portrayed in your SAS output. A more formal term for this process is “altering the external representation of the values of variables in a SAS data set.

So how to add leading zeros ? e.g., 999 –> 0999

In order to create variable LEADZEROS_ID, you can use the PUT function and the format Zw. which adds leading zeros to the specified length. Here’s an example:


data leadzeros;

1 Mark M 1 2.5
2 Ace M 3 44
3 Fuzzy M 2 18
4 Champ M 4 55
5 Tom M 6 63.5 62.5
6 Ivon M 7 83
7 Balboa M 12 64.5
data leadzeros;
set leadzeros;
leadzeros_num = put(id,z4.); *z4. format is used so 3 leading zeros will be added if the ID length is 1;

Another common format is the COMMAw.d: this format writes numeric values with commas that separate every three digits and a period that separates the decimal fraction.

w = specifies the width of the output field
d = optionally specifies the number of digits to the right of the decimal point in the numeric value

e.g. put @10 profit comma10.2;
so this number 45678.45 will be formatted to 45,678.45

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