Friday, February 6, 2009

How to merge data sets with a common variable?

Here is the simple way of merging the data sets with a common variable if the datasets has the same prefix name.

For example: col1-col10, dsn1-dsn 7 , or data1 to data10 with common variable of ID.

Considering we have 10 datsets and all of them having the same prefix data;

%macro mymerge (n);

data merged;
merge %do i = 1 % to &n;
data&i %end; ; /* this additional ';' is necessary, the first ';' is for the "%end", while the second ';' is for "Merge"*/;
by id;


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