Not to answer the question directly, but to lead to the answer: The input
statement is not operating as expected. In my opinion, if I were reading
real-life code like this, I would expect that the programmers' desired
results are not being achieved here [whatever they may be]. It highlights a
very common error in coding conditional input statements.
There's something missing from the first input statement, that would cause
it to work in the 'expected' fashion. It's a single character, and it
should appear immediately preceding the semicolon [ie, at the conclusion of
the statement]. Can you see what it is? If you answer that question, then
not only do you learn what you should from this question, but you also
should easily see the reason for the answer.
On Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 12:16 PM, SAS_learner <firstname.lastname@example.org>wrote:
> Base sas certification question
> Flat file structure is as below
> dan 23 45
> bob 44 50
> sue 30 80
> mam 40 50
> The following code is submitted.
> data temp;
> infile ‘file specification’;
> input x $ 1-3;
> if x='sue' then input age 5-6;
> else input height 8-9;
> what would be the value of variable AGE in the dataset TEMP when variable X
> has the value ‘Sue’?
> a) 30
> b) 44
> c) 40
> d) 55
> Ans: c
> can anyone plz explain me why the ans is 40. Thanks in advance.