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PUT it there! Six tips for using PUT and %PUT statements in SAS

January 16, 2017
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For SAS programmers, the PUT statement in the DATA step and the %PUT macro statement are useful statements that enable you to display the values of variables and macro variables, respectively. By default, the output appears in the SAS log. This article shares a few tips that help you to

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Character to Numeric Conversion in SAS

January 3, 2017
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How many of you have been given a SAS data set with variables such as Age, Height, and Weight and some or all of them were stored as character values instead of numeric?  Probably EVERYONE! Yes, we all know how to do the old "swap and drop" (rename and convert), but

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SAS Jedi Christmas – SAS 9.4 M4 DS2 Do Loop Upgrade

December 29, 2016
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This SAS Jedi is very excited about the SAS 9.4 M4 release, which brought many wonderful gifts just in time for Christmas. So in the interest of extending the Christmas spirit, I'm going to blog about some of my favorites! I've long loved the SAS DO statement variant which allows

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SAS Temporary Arrays, Not Just for Experts

December 27, 2016
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SAS temporary arrays are an underutilized jewel in the SAS toolbox. I find that many beginning to intermediate SAS programmers are not familiar with temporary arrays. The good news is that there is nothing complicated about them and they are very useful. First of all, what is a temporary array?

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Learning SAS programming for R users

December 22, 2016
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Learning SAS programming for R users

TL; DR Free training from SAS: "SAS Programming for R Users." The schedule of Live Web offerings is here. If you prefer self-study, the complete course materials are on the SAS Software GitHub space and you can practice with the free SAS University Edition software. The details: how R programmers

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Using the SAS Macro Language to Create Portable Programs

December 7, 2016
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As technology expands, we have a similarly increasing need to create programs that can be handed off – to clients, to regulatory agencies, to parent companies, or to other projects – and handed off with little or no modification needed by the recipient. Minimizing modification by the recipient often requires

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Reading data with the SAS JSON libname engine

December 2, 2016
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Reading data with the SAS JSON libname engine

JSON is the new XML. The number of SAS users who need to access JSON data has skyrocketed, thanks mainly to the proliferation of REST-based APIs and web services. Because JSON is structured data in text format, we've been able to offer simple parsing techniques that use DATA step and

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Using the DATA step debugger in SAS Enterprise Guide

December 1, 2016
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Using the DATA step debugger in SAS Enterprise Guide

In my earlier post about WHERE and IF statements, I announced that the DATA step debugger has finally arrived in SAS Enterprise Guide. (I admit that I might have buried the lead in that post.) Let's use this post to talk about the new debugger and how it works. First,

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