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Date:         Fri, 13 Jun 2008 07:46:45 -0400
Reply-To:     Muthia Kachirayan <muthia.kachirayan@GMAIL.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Muthia Kachirayan <muthia.kachirayan@GMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Keep records with a specific number of digits
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On Fri, Jun 13, 2008 at 7:17 AM, <> wrote:

> What if they are not all numeric? Some have a mix with characters as > well...

Then you treat as character variable. Take 4 positions. See example. Y is declared as a string of 4 characters. The assignment Y = X retains first 4 non-blank characters. Note FIRST 4.

data have; input x $; cards; 1234 2345 87 654 78 ; run; data have1; length y $4; set have; y = x; run; proc print data = have1; run; proc contents data = have1; run;

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