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Data Visualisation

Latest Tip | 50 Shades of Grey

If your sensibilities were offended by a book with this title fear not, what follows is a demonstration of requesting any shade of grey on a graph. Actually in SAS we are not limited to 50, we can easily request any of 256 shades of...
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Installing and Maintaining SAS

Latest Tip | Metadata Functions Part 1

Principal Consultant Elena Muriel demonstrates how to use metadata data step functions to extract information from the metadata server. ...
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SAS Application Development

Latest Tip | Building Dynamic Menus with Proc PMENU

This tip demonstrates how to build pull-down menus for SAS/AF, SAS/FSP or even the data step windowing environments. The inspiration for this tip was a question raised on Twitter, with a need to create the menus dynamically. A link to...
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SAS Business Analytics

Latest Tip | Creating a UK Region Map with SASŪ Visual Analytics

SAS Visual Analytics has very powerful geographical presentations, including regions inside countries. In order to work with geographical maps, the data that we are trying to present needs to contain some variables defined with a...
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SAS Business Intelligence

Latest Tip | Automatic Code Execution with SAS Enterprise Guide

Most SAS programmers are familiar with the use of an AUTOEXEC file which allows us to AUTOmatically EXECute a program on SAS invocation. What perhaps isn't clear is how we go about doing the same thing using Enterprise Guide. ...
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SAS Data Management

Latest Tip | Returning the Libname String for OLE DB and ODBC

Often it is the case that it is unknown what attributes to specify when creating a libname statement when connecting to a database. When connecting via OLE DB it is possible to be prompted by a Data Link Wizard for certain attributes...
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SAS Macro

Latest Tip | Using the IN Operator with the Macro Language in SAS 9.2

In data step code it is common practice to use an IN operator in place of lots of OR statements, this allows you to write code that is concise and less repetitive. In addition the code also runs more efficiently as SAS no longer needs to...
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SAS Programming

Latest Tip | Precision Floors and Ceilings!

Rounding numeric values is a common task in SAS code and easily achieved using the ROUND function, which enables rounding to any unit. The value will be rounded up or down depending on its proximity to the nearest multiple of the desired...
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SAS SQL

Latest Tip | Working with Dictionary Tables

Principal Consultant Elena Muriel describes the use of SAS Dictionary tables within the Proc SQL procedure and the Data Step environment. Examples and a discussion of advantages and disadvantages from using both methods is also included....
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