Two possible syntaxes: VECTOR vec_name=var_list. VECTOR vec_name_list(count [format]).
VECTOR allows a group of variables to be accessed as if they
were consecutive members of an array with a vector(index) notation.
To make a vector out of a set of existing variables, specify a name for the vector followed by an equals sign (‘=’) and the variables to put in the vector. The variables must be all numeric or all string, and string variables must have the same width.
To make a vector and create variables at the same time, specify one or
more vector names followed by a count in parentheses. This will
create variables named
veccount. By default, the new variables are
numeric with format F8.2, but an alternate format may be specified
inside the parentheses before or after the count and separated from it
by white space or a comma. With a string format such as A8, the
variables will be string variables; with a numeric format, they will
be numeric. Variable names including the suffixes may not exceed 64
characters in length, and none of the variables may exist prior to
Vectors created with
VECTOR disappear after any procedure or
procedure-like command is executed. The variables contained in the
vectors remain, unless they are scratch variables (see Scratch Variables).
Variables within a vector may be referenced in expressions using