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PROC SQL: Beyond the Basics Using SAS® by Kirk Paul Lafler

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10.6. Reviewing CONTENTS Output and System Messages

While no two organizations are alike, it is not surprising to find numerous causes for a program to run at less than peak efficiency. Performance is frequently affected by the specific needs of an organization or its lack of resources. SAS users need to learn as many techniques as possible to correct problems associated with poorly performing programs. Attention should be given to individual program functions, because poor program performance often points to one or more inefficient techniques being used.

Two methods can be used to better understand potential performance issues. The first approach uses PROC CONTENTS output to examine engine/host information and library data sets (tables). The ...

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