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

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The SAS Data Set: Your Key to the SAS System

Understanding the Function of the SAS Data Set

SAS enables you to solve problems by providing methods to analyze or to process your data in some way. You need to first get the data into a form that SAS can recognize and process. After the data is in that form, you can analyze it and generate reports.
The following figure shows this process in the simplest case.
Figure 3.1 From Raw Data to Final Analysis
From Raw Data to Final Analysis
You begin with raw data, that is, a collection of data that has not yet been processed by SAS. You use a set of statements known as a DATA step to get your data into a SAS data set. Then you can ...

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