[Rd] patch] writeForeignSAS writes invalid SASdata for logical columns

Patrick McCormick patrick.mccormick at alum.mit.edu
Fri Sep 16 21:15:43 CEST 2011


I have been trying to encourage R use among my colleagues who use SAS,
and part of that is demonstrating that R can perform a high fidelity
export to SAS with the foreign package.  Recently one of my exports
caused a SAS error, and I found that logical vectors within a
dataframe are not exported properly.  While write.foreign doesn't
claim to handle this datatype, I think it is pretty essential (and
easy) to export.

I searched and have not found this issue reported before.

df = data.frame(id = c(1,2,3), boolean = c(TRUE,FALSE,TRUE))
write.foreign(df, "test.sasdata", "test.sas",
   "SAS", dataname="WORK.TEST", validvarname="V7")

Contents of test.sasdata:

SAS output:
NOTE: Invalid data for boolean in line 1 3-6
RULE: ----+----1--...
1     1,TRUE 6
id=1 boolean=. _ERROR_=1 _N_=1
... (errors for remaining rows)

Attached is a patch to foreign which I believe will address the issue
by converting logical vectors into integers (0,1).  I have not tested
it very much.

Patrick McCormick

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