You might have heard about SAS - Microsoft partnership announced in June 2020 that officially joined the powers of SAS analytics with Microsoft’s cloud technology to further advance Artificial Intelligence (AI).
This partnership did not just happen out of nowhere. SAS has a long and deep history of integrating with Microsoft technologies. Examples include:
- XLSX Access Engine for transparent access to Microsoft Excel workbooks residing on UNIX or Microsoft Windows;
- SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office, which extends Microsoft Office to use the power of SAS data access, analysis, and reporting directly from Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint;
- The ability to use SAS with Microsoft 365 (OneDrive, Teams, and SharePoint).
In this post we will look at a lesser known, but quite useful feature in SAS that allows SAS users to bring many Microsoft Excel functions right to their SAS programs. I hope that many SAS users (not just MS Excel aficionados) will love to discover this functionality within SAS.
Excel functions as SAS user-defined functions
SAS has a wide variety of built-in functions, however there are still many Microsoft Excel functions that are not intrinsically implemented in SAS. Luckily, many of them are made available in SAS via PROC FCMP as user-defined functions (see section PROC FCMP and Microsoft Excel). These functions are predefined for you and their definitions are stored in the SASHELP.SLKWXL data table provided with your SAS installation. You can generate a list of these functions by running the following code:
proc fcmp inlib=SASHELP.SLKWXL listall; run;
You can also capture the list of available Excel functions in a SAS data table using ODS OUTPUT with CODELIST= option:
ods noresults; ods output codelist=WORK.EXCEL_FUNCTIONS_LIST (keep=COL1 COL2); proc fcmp inlib=SASHELP.SLKWXL listall; run; ods output close; ods results;
From this data table you can produce a nice looking HTML report listing all these functions:
data WORK.EXCEL_SAS_FUNCTIONS (keep=exc sas arg); label exc='Excel Function' sas='SAS Function' arg='Arguments'; set WORK.EXCEL_FUNCTIONS_LIST (rename=(col2=arg)); sas = tranwrd(col1,'Function ',''); exc = tranwrd(sas,'_slk',''); run; ods html path='c:\temp' file='excel_sas_functions.html'; title 'List of Excel functions available in SAS (via SASHELP.SLKWXL)'; proc print data=EXCEL_SAS_FUNCTIONS label; run; ods html close;
|Obs||Excel Function||SAS Function||Arguments|
|1||even||even_slk||( x )|
|2||odd||odd_slk||( x )|
|3||factdouble||factdouble_slk||( x )|
|4||product||product_slk||( nums )|
|5||multinomial||multinomial_slk||( nums )|
|6||floor||floor_slk||( n, sg )|
|7||datdif||datdif4_slk||( start, end ) **** NOTE: a subset of datdif for DAYS only|
|8||amorlinc||amorlinc_slk||( cost, datep, fperiod, salvage, period, rate, basis )|
|9||amordegrc||amordegrc_slk||( cost, datep, fperiod, salvage, period, rate, basis )|
|10||disc||disc_slk||( settlement, maturity, pr, redemp, basis )|
|11||tbilleq||tbilleq_slk||( settlement, maturity, discount )|
|12||tbillprice||tbillprice_slk||( settlement, maturity, discount )|
|13||tbillyield||tbillyield_slk||( settlement, maturity, par )|
|14||dollarde||dollarde_slk||( fdollar, frac )|
|15||dollarfr||dollarfr_slk||( ddollar, frac )|
|16||effect||effect_slk||( nominal_rate, npery )|
|17||coupnum||coupnum_slk||( settlement, maturity, freq, basis )|
|18||coupncd||coupncd_slk||( settlement, maturity, freq, basis )|
|19||coupdaysnc||coupdaysnc_slk||( settlement, maturity, freq, basis )|
|20||couppcd||couppcd_slk||( settlement, maturity, freq, basis )|
|21||coupdays||coupdays_slk||( settlement, maturity, freq, basis )|
|22||db||db_slk||( cost, salvage, life, period, month )|
|23||yield||yield_slk||( settlement, maturity, rate, pr, redemp, freq, basis )|
|24||yielddisc||yielddisc_slk||( settlement, maturity, pr, redemp, basis )|
|25||coupdaybs||coupdaybs_slk||( settlement, maturity, freq, basis )|
|26||oddfprice||oddfprice_slk||( settlement, maturity, issue, fcoupon, rate, yield, redemp, freq, basis )|
|27||oddfyield||oddfyield_slk||( settlement, maturity, issue, fcoupon, rate, pr, redemp, freq, basis )|
|28||oddlyield||oddlyield_slk||( settlement, maturity, linterest, rate, pr, redemp, freq, basis )|
|29||oddlprice||oddlprice_slk||( settlement, maturity, linterest, rate, yield, redemp, freq, basis )|
|30||price||price_slk||( settlement, maturity, rate, yield, redemp, freq, basis )|
|31||pricedisc||pricedisc_slk||( settlement, maturity, discount, redemp, basis )|
|32||pricemat||pricemat_slk||( settlement, maturity, issue, rate, yld, basis )|
|33||yieldmat||yieldmat_slk||( settlement, maturity, issue, rate, pr, basis )|
|34||received||received_slk||( settlement, maturity, investment, discount, basis )|
|35||accrint||accrint_slk||( issue, finterest, settlement, rate, par, freq, basis )|
|36||accrintm||accrintm_slk||( issue, maturity, rate, par, basis )|
|37||duration||duration_slk||( settlement, maturity, coupon, yld, freq, basis )|
|38||mduration||mduration_slk||( settlement, maturity, coupon, yld, freq, basis )|
|39||avedev||avedev_slk||( data )|
|40||devsq||devsq_slk||( data )|
|41||varp||varp_slk||( data )|
NOTE: Excel functions that are made available in SAS are named from their Excel parent functions, suffixing them with _SLK to distinguish them from their Excel incarnations, as well as from native SAS functions.
Examples of Microsoft Excel functions usage in SAS
In order to use any of these Excel functions in your SAS code, all you need to do is to specify the functions definition data table in the CMPLIB= option:
Let’s consider several examples.
This function returns number rounded up to the nearest odd integer:
options cmplib=SASHELP.SLKWXL; data _null_; x = 5.9; y = odd_slk(x); put 'odd( ' x ') = ' y; run;
odd( 5.9 ) = 7
This function returns number rounded up to the nearest even integer:
options cmplib=SASHELP.SLKWXL; data _null_; x = 6.4; y = even_slk(x); put 'even( ' x ') = ' y; run;
even( 6.4 ) = 8
This function returns the double factorial of a number. If number is not an integer, it is truncated.
Double factorial (or semifactorial) of a number n, denoted by n!!, is the product of all the integers from 1 up to n that have the same parity as n.
For even n, the double factorial is n!!=n(n-2)(n-4)…(4)(2), and for odd n, the double factorial is n!! = n(n-2)(n-4)…(3)(1).
Here is a SAS code example using the factdouble() Excel function:
options cmplib=SASHELP.SLKWXL; data _null_; n = 6; m = 7; nn = factdouble_slk(n); mm = factdouble_slk(m); put n '!! = ' nn / m '!! = ' mm; run;
It will produce the following SAS log:
6 !! = 48
7 !! = 105
Indeed, 6!! = 2 x 4 x 6 = 48 and 7!! = 1 x 3 x 5 x 7 = 105.
This function multiplies all elements of SAS numeric array given as its argument and returns the product:
options cmplib=SASHELP.SLKWXL; data _null_; array x x1-x5 (5, 7, 1, 2, 2); p = product_slk(x); put 'x = ( ' x1-x5 ')'; put 'product(x) = ' p; run;
x = ( 5 7 1 2 2 )
product(x) = 140
Indeed 5 x 7 x 1 x 2 x 2 = 140.
This function returns the ratio of the factorial of a sum of values to the product of factorials:
MULTINOMIAL(a1, a2, ... , an) = (a1 + a2 + ... + an)! : (a1! a2! ... an!)
In SAS, the argument to this function is specified as numeric array name:
options cmplib=SASHELP.SLKWXL; data _null_; array a a1-a3 (1, 3, 2); m = multinomial_slk(a); put 'a = ( ' a1-a3 ')'; put 'multinomial(a) = ' m; run;
a = ( 1 3 2 )
multinomial(a) = 60
Indeed (1+3+2)! : (1! x 3! x 2!) = 720 : 12 = 60.
Other Microsoft Excel functions available in SAS
You can explore other Excel functions available in SAS via SASHELP.SLKWXL user-defined functions by cross-referencing them with the corresponding Microsoft Excel functions documentation (alphabetical or by categories). As you can see in the above List of Excel functions available in SAS, besides mathematical and statistical functions exemplified in the previous section, there are also many Excel financial functions related to securities trading that are made available in SAS.
Additional Resources on SAS user-defined functions
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Have you found this blog post useful? Please share your use cases, thoughts and feedback in the comments below.