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Data Visualisation

Latest Tip | Using the COLUMNS=Option with ODS RTF and PDF Destinations

In SAS 9, you can use the COLUMNS= option with ODS RTF and PDF destinations to split output across a specified number of columns. This is particularly useful when you are generating lengthy output that consists of only a few columns, as...
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Installing and Maintaining SAS

Latest Tip | Change Your Default File Path

To set the initial working folder within SAS, use the following command line or CONFIG file system option: -sasinitialfolder "path" When you click on File and Open, the contents of the folder specified in the above option will...
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SAS Application Development

Latest Tip | Paste Special and Replace Table in DI Studio

There are ways in DI Studio to modify a job so that it uses a different table. One simple and convenient way of doing this is to right-click on the table, and choose “Replace”. Thus the following little job …    ...
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SAS Business Analytics

Latest Tip | Data Mining: Sampling Data

Data preparation is a large part of the data mining process.  A large part of data preparation includes creating representative samples within the data to speed up the data mining process.  SAS Enterprise Miner™ software has a large...
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SAS Business Intelligence

Latest Tip | Using the SAS Enterprise Guide Program History Feature

Senior Consultant Dave Evans introduces the Program History feature new to SAS Enterprise Guide version 7.1 enabling users to track changes to SAS programs. Not only does the feature enable programmers to track what has changed...
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SAS Data Management

Latest Tip | Proc PHREG - Random Statement

The PHREG procedure now fits frailty models with the addition of the RANDOM statement. The (Proportional Hazards Regression) PHREG semi-parametric procedure performs a regression analysis of survival data based on the Cox...
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SAS Macro

Latest Tip | Using Macros to Input Multiple CSV Files into a Data Set

This tip highlights how simple it can be to read in multiple CSV files and output them as a single SAS Data Set utilising the FILENAME command and the PIPE device-type keyword. The PIPE device-type keyword in the FILENAME statement...
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SAS Programming

Latest Tip | Exploring SAS Metadata

SAS Display Manager has facilities that enable you to investigate SAS metadata. In the command box top left, enter the command “metabrowse”. A window pops up in which you need to enter your credentials for metadata access. The...
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SAS SQL

Latest Tip | Regular Expressions in Proc SQL

Among the functions you can use in Proc SQL is PRXMATCH. At a single stroke, this increases the power of the SELECT statement quite dramatically. Now you can select records that match regular expressions. This first example is...
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