Posts Tagged ‘ tips and tricks ’

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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The difference between the Subsetting IF and the IF—THEN—ELSE—IF statement

November 3, 2016
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My river walk last week turned into a spectacular fall show. But if it rains this week in San Antonio, like the weatherman predicts, what will I do? In the coming days, I’ll be presenting at two user groups,  one in eastern Canada in Halifax, and the other all the

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SAS & bugs & rock & roll

September 28, 2016
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SAS Programming Professionals, SAS & bugs & rock & roll? But, of course! SAS Because of its amazing versatility, SAS is indisputably the greatest software package currently in use anywhere within the Milky Way Galaxy.  Can SAS input every type of flat file imaginable?  Yes!  Can SAS read and write

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What’s your favorite function in SAS?

September 22, 2016
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Last time I checked, there are well over 500 functions and call routines in SAS.  I’ve taught SAS programming courses for 15 years, and I’ll admit that occasionally my students will ask me about a particular function that I have honestly never heard of.  I remember the first time this

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Jedi SAS Tricks: Writing to Text Files from DS2

June 6, 2016
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A reader posed a question in the comments to an earlier Jedi SAS Trick, asking how to write the results of a DS2 DATA _NULL_ program to a text file. It's an interesting question, as DS2 currently has no text file handling statements or capabilities. Take, for example, this traditional

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SAS Author Spotlight: Goutam Chakraborty

May 2, 2016
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As the excitement of SAS Global Forum begins to die down and we dust off our sequins for another year, it’s time to get back behind the desk. This year at SAS Global Forum we hosted a "Top Tips from Your Favorite SAS Press Authors" lunch where we asked three or four

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Jedi SAS Tricks – Make This a Button in Base SAS

May 1, 2016
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A recent post, Jedi SAS Tricks: The DATA to DATA Step Macro, engendered a lot of response on Twitter. One of the re-tweets included a call to action - make this a button in Base SAS! Well, Sam, I aim to please! Now, I'm not the guy who builds the SAS Windowing

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