Introduction to SAS [7-19]

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Creating Character Variables

Unlike other programming languages such as R, Java or C++, there are only two types of variable in SAS:

  • Numeric
  • Character

Creating a character variable is easy. You simply need to enclose them with a quotation mark. 

Either single quotation ('John') or double quotation ("John") works. 

Example

Data Test;
    Name = "John";
    Class = "Mathematics";
Run;

This DATA Step will create two character variables: Name and Class. They both contain character values.

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Exercise

Create a data set that contains the following variables:

Restaurant: Burger King
NumEmploy: 5
Location: Toronto

Name the data set as Food

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