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The FORMAT statement can be used to assign a format to one or more variables in a DATA Step.
A format is used to describe how SAS represents or displays a value stored in variable. Formats do not alter the value that a variable holds, but can affect how the value is presented when it is displayed, converted to text or listed in a report. The same variable value can be represented in different ways by using different formats.
It is possible to create user defined formats by using the FORMAT procedure.