Date: Fri, 15 Jun 2007 05:31:43 -0700
Reply-To: Joep Steeman <jsteeman@BUSINESSDECISION.COM>
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From: Joep Steeman <jsteeman@BUSINESSDECISION.COM>
Subject: Re: mistakes in SAS that don't generate errors
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On 15 jun, 10:00, "ckxp...@yahoo.com" <ckxp...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> I'm looking for ways to produce unexpected results in SAS that don't
> generate an error or warning message. Your syntax is fine, it works as
> SAS intended but not as you intended. Three examples:
> * Inadvertantly respecify a user-defined format. (This does generate a
> note to the log that an existing format has been overwritten but
> that's easy to overlook).
> * Using a "numbered range list" in a function, e.g. "sum(x1-x5)". This
> will calculate the sum of x1 minus x5, "sum(of x1-x5)" caculates the
> sum of x1 to x5.
> * Forgetting that missing values are represented by minus infinity in
> Are there other nice examples of SAS syntax that looks like it does
> what you want it to at first glance or with insufficient coffee?
> John Hendrickx
How is it to determined, that you do *not* want to respecify a user-
defined format, or that you do *not* want the sum(x1-x5).
I think that there a numerous ways where you can actually write
something different then you intent to. If you can come up with
something, it's great. But I think it comes down to smart testing and
as we have our own tendency of typo's, concentrate on those.