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Unleash the Power of Less Well Known but Useful SAS® DATA Step Functions

by Timothy Harrington, SAS Programmer, Navitas Data Sciences

SAS Version 9.4 has over 600 documented SAS functions and procedures. Some SAS users may have grown accustomed to using only a few of the more widely well-known of these, and have had to invest significant time and extra effort manipulating code to achieve a desired result.

This paper describes a selection of these SAS functions and how they can be used to obtain specific results with minimal coding. Solutions to a variety of programming challenges are demonstrated and the advantages of these techniques are discussed and compared to more traditional means. The functions included here are available in SAS v9.4, some may not be available in earlier versions.