Overview of new features in SAS/IML 12.3


Unless you diligently read the "What's New" chapter for each release of SAS software, it is easy to miss new features that appear in the language. People who have been writing SAS/IML programs for decades are sometimes surprised when I tell them about a useful new function or programming feature.

To help SAS/IML programmers keep up with the changes to the language, I occasionally highlight new features on my blog. The word cloud on the right sidebar of my blog contains certain numbers that relate to SAS or SAS/IML releases. For example, you can click on "12.1" to read about new features in SAS/IML 12.1.

This article links to relevant blog posts that discuss features that were new to SAS/IML 12.3, which was released in July, 2013, as part of SAS 9.4.

New functions and subroutines in SAS/IML 12.3

SAS/IML 12.3 introduced the following functions and subroutines for data analysis:

New ODS statistical graphs

In addition, SAS/IML 12.3 supports functions that enable you to create ODS statistical graphics as part of a SAS/IML program. You can create bar charts, box plots, histograms, scatter plots, and series plots (also known as line plots).

Enhancements to functionality

There were several enhancements and language improvements in SAS/IML 12.3. Here are the ones that I have blogged about:

It can be hard to keep up with enhancements to SAS software. Hopefully this reference page will be a useful to SAS/IML users who are upgrading their version of SAS. Have you used any of these new features? Leave a comment and tell me which is your favorite.


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Rick Wicklin

Distinguished Researcher in Computational Statistics

Rick Wicklin, PhD, is a distinguished researcher in computational statistics at SAS and is a principal developer of SAS/IML software. His areas of expertise include computational statistics, simulation, statistical graphics, and modern methods in statistical data analysis. Rick is author of the books Statistical Programming with SAS/IML Software and Simulating Data with SAS.

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