Do you need multiple graphs on a page? We have got you covered!

If you use SAS® software to create a report that contains multiple graphs, you know that each graph appears on a separate page by default. But now you want to really impress your audience by putting multiple graphs on a page. Keep reading because this blog post describes how to […]

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MAPS, MAPSGFK and MAPSSAS, Oh my!

If you are using the second maintenance release of SAS 9.3 (TS1M2) or later, you might have noticed that you have several map-related libraries that are defined for you. The MAPS library contains the old map data sets that have been provided with SAS/GRAPH® software for many years.  The source […]

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Build your PROC TEMPLATE muscles: Using the COMPUTE AS and TRANSLATE INTO statements

When you work out, you probably have a routine set of exercises that you do. But if you read health-and-fitness websites or talk to a personal trainer, you know that for optimal fitness, you should vary your workout routine. Not only does adding variety to your fitness regime help you […]

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Tips for reading XML files into SAS® software

XML has become one of the major standards for moving data across the Internet. Some of XML’s strengths are the abilities to better describe data and to be more extensible than any of its predecessors such as CSV. Due to the increased popularity of XML for moving data, I provide […]

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Seeing the FREQ procedure's one-way tables in a new light

PROC FREQ is often the first choice when you want to generate basic frequency counts, but it is the last choice when it is compared to other statistical reporting procedures. People sometimes consider PROC FREQ last because they think they have little or no control over the appearance of the […]

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Solutions for missing DATA step features within DS2

The DS2 programming language gives you the following powerful capabilities: The precision that results from using the new supported data types Access to the new expressions, write methods, and packages available in the DS2 syntax Ability to execute SAS Federated Query Language (FedSQL) from within the DS2 program Ability to […]

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Using a pipe to return the output of an operating system command to SAS® software

Being able to access information about your operating system from within SAS can be incredibly useful. For example, if you have a directory that contains an unknown number of CSV files that you would like to read into SAS, you certainly would not want to have to write an IMPORT […]

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Reasons to love PROC DS2

PROC DS2 (DS2) is a new SAS programming language that extends the power of the traditional DATA step. Some customers have wondered if this new functionality is simply the “DATA step on steroids,” meaning that we simply added more robust functionality so that it’s a replacement for the DATA step. […]

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New year refresher on reshaping data

As support analysts in the SAS Technical Support division, we answer many phone calls from SAS customers.  As members of the SAS Foundation team, we get questions that vary significantly in content from all of the areas that we support.  We offer coding tips and suggestions as well as point […]

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Will indexing my SAS data sets help?

Will indexing my SAS data sets help? This is one of the most frequent questions I hear in SAS Technical Support.  The response is always the same: “Maybe.  Tell me about your data, and what you are doing with it.”  Here is a primer on effective indexing. Indexing can improve […]

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