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SAS 9.2 Language Reference Concepts Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243375D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Dec-31
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2015-Sep-19
Document File: 668 page(s) / 7M

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SAS® 9.2 Language Reference


SAS® Documentation

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The correct bibliographic citation for this manual is as follows: SAS Institute Inc. 2009. SAS 9.2 ® Language Reference: Concepts. Cary, NC: SAS Institute Inc.

SAS 9.2® Language Reference: Concepts

Copyright © 2009, SAS Institute Inc., Cary, NC, USA

ISBN 978-1-59994-590-3
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4 Essential Concepts of Base SAS Software 3

What Is SAS? 3

Overview of Base SAS Software 4
Components of the SAS Language 4
Ways to Run Your SAS Session 7
Customizing Your SAS Session 9
Conceptual Information about Base SAS Software 10

Chapter 2

4 SAS Processing 13

Definition of SAS Processing 13
Types of Input to a SAS Program 14 The DATA Step 15
The PROC Step 16

Chapter 3

      4 Rules for Words and Names in the SAS Language 17 Words in the SAS Language 17
Names in the SAS Language 20

Chapter 4

4 SAS Variables 25

Definition of SAS Variables 26
SAS Variable Attributes 26
Ways to Create Variables 28
Variable Type Conversions 32
Aligning Variable Values 32
Automatic Variables 33
SAS Variable Lists 34
Dropping, Keeping, and Renaming Variables 36 Numeric Precision in SAS Software 38

Chapter 5

4 Missing Values 49

Definition of Missing Values 49
Creating Special Missing Values 50
Order of Missing Values 51
When Variable Values Are Automatically Set to Missing by SAS 52 When Missing Values Are Generated by SAS 53
Working with Missing Values 55

Chapter 6

4 Expressions 57

Definitions for SAS Expressions 58 Examples of...