SAS Array Colon Modifier


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Use the colon : modifier to build an array.
The colon is like a wildcard. In this case, anything that starts with ash.
SAS Arrays hold variable names which can be used during tedious procedures such as conditional loops.


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  1. data test1;
  2. input ash1 ash4 ashley;
  3. datalines;
  4. 1 2 3
  5. 4 5 6
  6. 7 8 9
  7. ;
  8. run;
  9.  
  10. data test2; set test1;
  11. array ashes ash:;
  12. c = ashes{1} + ashes{2};
  13. run;
  14.  
  15. /*the result should be as follows:*/
  16. data result;
  17. input ash1 ash4 ashley c;
  18. datalines;
  19. 1 2 3 3
  20. 4 5 6 9
  21. 7 8 9 15
  22. ;
  23. run;

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