The first occurrence of the variable description in the program is in the statement, description = 'Senior Chemist';, wherein the SAS compiler assigns a length of 14 for the variable description at compile time (i.e. the length for the string 'Senior Chemist'). A variable that appears for the first time on the left side of an assignment statement has the same length as the expression on the right side of the assignment statement.
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