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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Base 17

The following SAS program is submitted:

libname sasdata 'SAS-data-library';
data test;
set sasdata.chemists;
if jobcode = 'chem3' then description = 'Senior Chemist';
else description = 'Unknown';

A value for the variable JOBCODE is listed below:

Which one of the following values does the variable DESCRIPTION contain?

A. chem3
B. Unknown
C. Senior Chemist
D. ' ' (missing character value)


SASGuru said...

Answer: B

The dataset has ‘CHEM3’ and the if statement is looking for ‘chem3’…
Remember the SAS variables are not case-sensitive but the SAS DATA is…

Patrick said...


Sridhar Panthangi said...

Answer C.
try this

data ch;
input jcode $;

data ch1;
set ch;
if jcode = 'chem3' then description = 'Senior Chemist';
else description = 'Unknown';

proc print data=ch1;

Yasmin White said...

Sridhar your answer clearly does not make sense. As SASGuru said SAS variables are not case sensitive but the Data is. So if you are searching for variable chem3 however the data is actually CHEM3 then you are not going to match. The result will be Unknown. The correct answer is B

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