SAS author's tip: Turning off output to the results window


Output Delivery SystemThis week's SAS tip is from Lauren Haworth, Cynthia L. Zender, and Michele Burlew's book Output Delivery System: The Basics and Beyond. This monumental guide is packed with a wide-array of techniques and examples. As SAS programmer Christine Iodice said, "This book is one-stop shopping for all your ODS needs!"

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The following excerpt is from SAS Press authors Lauren Haworth, Cynthia L. Zender, and Michele Burlew's book  "Output Delivery System: The Basics and Beyond" Copyright © 2009, SAS Institute Inc., Cary, North Carolina, USA. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. (please note that results may vary depending on your version of SAS software). 


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1 Comment

  1. Rick Wicklin

    The %DO loop in this example is inefficient because there is a lot of overhead involved in running a procedure multiple time. A more efficient approach is to sort the data by the PLANT variable and then run the following:

    ods graphics off; ods exclude all; ods noresults; /* turn off ODS output */

    ODS OUTPUT TTests=TTest;
    proc ttest data=product
    by plant;
    class product;
    var units;

    ods graphics on; ods exclude none; ods results; /* turn on ODS output */

    Notice also that I prefer ODS EXCLUDE, rather than closing the destination.
    For an explanation, see Simulation in SAS: The slow way or the BY way.

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