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11.9 NUMERIC

     NUMERIC /var_list [(fmt_spec)].

NUMERIC explicitly declares new numeric variables, optionally setting their output formats.

Specify a slash (‘/’), followed by the names of the new numeric variables. If you wish to set their output formats, follow their names by an output format specification in parentheses (see Input and Output Formats); otherwise, the default is F8.2.

Variables created with NUMERIC are initialized to the system-missing value.