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Step-by-Step Programming with Base SAS 9.4 by SAS Institute

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Components of Base SAS Software

Overview of Base SAS Software

Base SAS software contains the following:
  • a data management facility
  • a programming language
  • data analysis and reporting utilities
Learning to use Base SAS enables you to work with these features of SAS. It also prepares you to learn other SAS products, because all SAS products follow the same basic rules.

Data Management Facility

SAS organizes data into a rectangular form or table that is called a SAS data set. The following figure shows a SAS data set. The data describes participants in a 16-week weight program at a health and fitness club. The data for each participant includes an identification number, name, team name, and weight (in U.S. pounds) at the beginning ...

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