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Exploring the content of the DICTIONARIES table and VSVIEW SASHELP view

March 23, 2017
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SAS® users have an easy and convenient way to quickly obtain useful information (referred to as metadata) about their SAS session with a number of read-only SAS DICTIONARY tables or SASHELP views. At any time during a SAS session, information about currently defined system options, libnames, tables, columns and their

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Bringing the heat! – Creating heat maps with proc sgplot …

March 23, 2017
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If you're a fan of SAS' ODS Graphics, you probably know that it does pretty much everything except geographical maps. But it's flexible enough that you can "fake it 'till you make it"! This example describes how to fake a geographical (choropleth) heat...
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Data tables: Nonmatrix data structures in SAS/IML

March 22, 2017
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Data tables: Nonmatrix data structures in SAS/IML

Prior to SAS/IML 14.2, every variable in the Interactive Matrix Language (IML) represented a matrix. That changed when SAS/IML 14.2 introduced two new data structures: data tables and lists. This article gives an overview of data tables. I will blog about lists in a separate article. A matrix is a

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How to create a ‘pretty’ map with Proc SGplot

March 21, 2017
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If you give an artist some tools, they can create a pretty picture. Sure, they might have a preferred tool - but they can probably do a pretty decent job no matter what you give them (paint, colored pencils, watercolor, charcoal, etc). And creating pre...
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Discover information about SAS formats… programatically

March 20, 2017
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Discover information about SAS formats… programatically

SAS formats are very useful and can be used in a myriad of creative ways. For example, you can use formats to display decimal values as a fraction. However, SAS supports so many formats that it is difficult to remember details about the format syntax, such as the default field

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Visiting Open Attractions and Open SAS

March 16, 2017
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As a SAS instructor, I’m often on the road, but, in April, my work travel path is going to take me to a place I haven’t visited since I was 12 years old. The occasion?  SAS Global Forum 2017.  The location?  Walt Disney World® in Orlando. While the main conference

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Using SAS to track UFOs on Mars!

March 16, 2017
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When we send spacecraft from Earth to Mars, do the Martians consider them to be UFOs? I might not be able to answer that question definitively ... but I do have some really cool graphs showing the data for all those missions to Mars! You might remember...
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LEAVE and CONTINUE: Two ways to control the flow in a SAS DO loop

March 15, 2017
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SAS programmers who have experience with other programming languages sometimes wonder whether the SAS language supports statements that are equivalent to the "break" and "continue" statements in other languages. The answer is yes. The LEAVE statement in the SAS DATA step is equivalent to the "break" statement. It provides a

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