What will happen if there are 500 states? Write 500 "if ... else ..." statements?

It is not a good to do in this hard coding way. If these "if" statements are necessary are necessary in the code, then the best way is to let SAS generate these codes with

**PUT**statement.
An example is given. the following data set i is from 1 to 10, and the corresponding x and y value are given. suppose I wanna get the x and y by the value of i. The method of using SAS to generate the "if ... else ..." statement is:

**data**a;

do i =

**1**to**10**;
x = i +

**5**;
y = i *

**3**;
output;

end;

**run**;

**data**_null_;

set a end = last;

if _n_ =

**1**then put / "if i = " i "then x = " x "and y = " y ";";
else put /"else if i
= " i " then x = " x "and y = " y ";";

if last then put /"else x =
" x "and y = " y ";";

**run**;

The generated code is like:

if i =

**1**then x =**6**and y =**3**;
else if i =

**2**then x =**7**and y =**6**;
else if i =

**3**then x =**8**and y =**9**;
else if i =

**4**then x =**9**and y =**12**;
else if i =

**5**then x =**10**and y =**15**;
else if i =

**6**then x =**11**and y =**18**;
else if i =

**7**then x =**12**and y =**21**;
else if i =

**8**then x =**13**and y =**24**;
else if i =

**9**then x =**14**and y =**27**;
else if i =

**10**then x =**15**and y =**30**;
else x =

**15**and y =**30**;
So you don't need to hard code these in your script.

By the way, the best way to do this is not by the "if ... else ..." statements. The best way should use

**FORMAT**in sas.
Another way is to use PROC SQL to join to get the corresponding value.