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A Step-by-Step Approach to Using SAS® for Univariate & Multivariate Statistics, Second Edition by Edward J. Stepanksi Ph.d., Larry Hatcher, Norm O'Rourke

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Entering Data: An Illustrative Example

Before data can be entered and analyzed by SAS, they must be entered in some systematic way. There are a number of different approaches to entering data; to keep things simple, this chapter presents only the fixed format approach. With the fixed format method, each variable is assigned to a specific column (or set of columns) in the dataset. The fixed format method has the advantage of being very general: you can use it for almost any type of research problem. An additional advantage is that researchers are probably less likely to make errors when entering data if they adhere to this format.

In the following example, you actually enter some fictitious data from a fictitious study. Assume that you have developed ...

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