This title comprehensively documents essential concepts for SAS features, the DATA step, and SAS files, including general BASE SAS concepts, BASE SAS DATA, BASE SAS file concepts, and much more.
Base SAS software enables you to bring all your data into a single system. This title comprehensively documents essential concepts for SAS features, the DATA step, and SAS files. The following topics are included: general Base SAS concepts such as SAS processing, SAS names, missing values, expressions, time and date values, WHERE processing, SAS output, and error processing and debugging; Base SAS DATA step concepts such as DATA step, BY-group, and array processing, how to read raw data, how to combine and modify SAS data sets, and how to use DATA step component objects; SAS windowing environment concepts such as main windows and how to manage data in the windowing environment; Base SAS file concepts such as SAS data libraries, SAS data sets, and SAS catalogs, how to create and use stored compiled SAS programs, indexes, integrity constraints, generation data sets, and audit trails, version compatibility issues, file protection, SAS I/O engines, SAS file management, and external files; and industry protocols used in SAS, such as SMTP E-mail and UUID. This reference is a companion volume to the SAS Language Reference: Dictionary, which provides complete reference information about fundamental SAS language element features and the DATA step debugger.