```Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:19:55 -0800 Reply-To: Bill McKirgan Sender: "SAS(r) Discussion" From: Bill McKirgan Organization: http://groups.google.com Subject: comparing score range between variables Comments: To: sas-l@uga.edu Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1 Hi SASers, I'm trying to think of a more elegant (read shorter) way of coding the example I provide below. In the example I am comparing a variable called FSIQ with another variable PIQ to see if PIQ is within plus/ minus 5 points of FSIQ. This works, but I need to apply it to a bunch of other variables, and would like to avoid a large copy/paste/modify job that may cause me to introduce errors. Can anyone suggest one or more shorter ways of doing this? Perhaps an array? Any help would be greatly appreciated. I'm stumped. Many thanks in advance. -- Bill data testing; set itbs.iq_data_final; piq_within_5pts = 0; if fsiq = piq then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq + 1 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq + 2 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq + 3 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq + 4 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq + 5 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq - 1 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq - 2 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq - 3 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq - 4 then piq_within_5pts = 1; else if fsiq = piq - 5 then piq_within_5pts = 1; put fsiq piq @20 piq_within_5pts ; run; ```

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