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Date:         Tue, 8 Feb 2011 16:22:21 -0500
Reply-To:     Chang Chung <chang_y_chung@HOTMAIL.COM>
Sender:       "SAS(r) Discussion" <SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         Chang Chung <chang_y_chung@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject:      Re: Strip Function And Leading and Trailing Tab Chars
Comments: To: Toby Dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM>

On Tue, 8 Feb 2011 20:20:30 +0000, toby dunn <tobydunn@HOTMAIL.COM> wrote: ... >I'll preface this with much depends on ones data if you are looking to eek the last ounce of speed and/or efficiency. >However, the two RegEx solution is by in large the best all around solution. ... hi, toby, Thanks for the Friedl reference. I get that the alternation (|) kills the prx optimization. But this matters only when the overhead of making the prxchange() function call is negligible compared to the savings you get from prx optimization. I am not so sure if this is the case. Below is my test code. In terms of real time, I get wildly different results each time I run it, despite of the sasfile'ing. But I noticed that the cpu time is always about twice as longer for data step toby than chang. Cheers, Chang

%let seed=1234;

data one; length s $200; do i = 1 to 1e6; do j = 1 to 200; if ranuni(&seed) < 0.05 then substr(s,j,1) = " "; end; output; end; run;

sasfile open; data chang; set one; s2 = prxchange('s/^\s+|\s+$//o', -1, s); keep s s2; run; data toby; set one; s3 = prxchange('s/^\s+//o', 1, s); s3 = prxchange('s/\s+$//o', 1, s3); keep s s3; run; sasfile close;

proc compare data=toby compare=chang(rename=(s2=s3)); run; /* on log NOTE: No unequal values were found. All values compared are exactly equal. */

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