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Viewing SAS catalogs and formats in SAS Enterprise Guide

August 4, 2017
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Viewing SAS catalogs and formats in SAS Enterprise Guide

Many years ago I shared a custom task that allows you to view and manage SAS catalogs within SAS Enterprise Guide. As a reminder, a SAS catalog is a special type of SAS file that acts as a container, like a folder, for a variety of content items called catalog

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The data behind jail breaks

January 29, 2016
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You've probably seen headlines about the recent jail break in California. Do you think they'll catch those guys? Is there any data available about recapturing escapees? You betcha! ... And do they need some help graphing that data? It appears so! But before we get started on the graphs, here's

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Why should we teach Roman numerals?

August 18, 2015
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In my local paper this morning, I read about how a North Carolina state commission plans to recommend changes to our teaching standards for mathematics. One of the topics that they want to bring back: Roman numerals. Why? According to my exhaustive 30 seconds of Internet research, the only practical

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Numbers great and small: the problem of Big Datum

March 1, 2012
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Numbers great and small: the problem of Big Datum

About once a month, a customer approaches SAS and asks a question of significance. By "significance", I don't necessarily mean "of great importance", but instead I mean "of how SAS handles large numbers, or floating-point values with many significant digits". In response, we always first ask why they asked. This
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Just-in-time data prep in SAS Enterprise Guide

November 30, 2011
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Just-in-time data prep in SAS Enterprise Guide

On this blog, I've delivered a few tips about using SAS formats to stratify your data values "in place" without having to actually change your data. The most recent example addressed date and datetime variables. My previous examples included simple SAS programs that you can run in SAS display manager
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SAS Info Map: Need leading zeros on the account number?

November 23, 2011
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When creating new variables, the SAS Information Map Studio opens the entire SAS format library to you.  These formats can be key to creating lots of new data items.  SAS format control the way data items appear.  In past articles I showed you how to create new data item using SAS functions and date...
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Do you mind if we dance with your DATEs (or DATETIMEs)?

November 15, 2011
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Do you mind if we dance with your DATEs (or DATETIMEs)?

I've been working with date-time data on a recent project, and I've come across a few SAS programs that have "opportunity for improvement" when it comes time to create reports. (Or maybe I haven't, and I contrived this entire blog post so that I could reference one of my favorite
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Info Map: Why does the data item show as scientific notation?

September 8, 2011
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When a data item is created in Information Map Studio, the defaults are assigned for classifications and aggregations.  If the data item is a percentage, this defaults may not make sense.  For instance, the following figure shows the Gross Margin in scientific notation instead of a percentage. When the data item was imported, the...
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